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Gov’t to provide safe zone for Taliban

AT-KABUL: The government is to cedesix provinces including Paktika to the Taliban insurgents, calling them ‘safe zone’, a reliable government source told the Kabul News on Sunday.

He added that the new leadership of Pakistani Taliban would highly likely open its center in the so-called safe zone.

The provinces are to be handed based on a scheme called “Action Plan” that would cover economic, military and intelligence cooperation, according to the source.

The source added that two Pakistani intelligence officers would settle in Kabul and two Afghan ones in Islamabad as part of the intelligence cooperation.

He argued that all the six provinces are from the southern and southeastern areas along the Durand Line and was agreed in a meeting among officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.

Taliban had earlier asked to announce Paktika as the safe zone. Pakistani Taliban will open office in Paktika because most of their fighters are along the border close to the province.

The hand over comes as the US, Pakistan and China are making efforts to set the ceasefire in Afghanistan.

The government has not commented on this issue, but the High Peace Council rejected the safe zone in the peace proposal they prepared to Taliban.

Lawmakers have different viewpoints in this regard. Some of them are optimistic, while others call it dangerous.

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