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HPC optimistic over Qatar talks results

 AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) said that softened stance of the Taliban can prove helpful in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Qazi Amin Waqad, a senior member of the council, said: “though the Taliban haven’t expressed their official stance vis-à-vis the resumption of peace talks, it can be inferred from informal contacts with the group that it is conditionally ready for peace parleys with the Afghan government.” Waqad was optimistic about resumption of peace talks.

“The Taliban expressed their views regarding peace in Afghanistan and it was not an official statement. It is a positive point that the group didn’t reject peace,” Radio Azadi quoted Waqad as saying.

After two days of informal discussions with Afghan government representatives in Qatar, the Taliban in a statement expressed willingness to soften their stance on a number of issues, including acceptance of constitution.

Islamabad also offered support for the parleys between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The foreign secretary of Pakistan, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, said that Pakistan fully supports peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in Qatar.

However, a number of MPs quoted security officials as saying that Pakistan is yet to sincerely cooperate in the peace process of Afghanistan.

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