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Pak senate seeks briefing from Aziz on Mullah Omar’s death, peace talks

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The chairman of Pakistan’s senate, Reza Rabbani, asked Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, to brief the lawmakers over the death of Mullah Omar and peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Farhatullah Babar, a senator of Pakistan’s People Party, urged Pakistani government to come up with a clear stance regarding the death of Mullah Omar.

“The government had been denying in the past the presence of Taliban Shura and Al-Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, then the whole world came to known after Bin Laden’s killing in Abbottabad,” Babar said.
He said that the foreign office of Pakistan should have informed whether the report of death of Mullah Omar came from Pakistan to Afghanistan or not.
“And if Mullah Omar died two years ago, then who issued statement on Eid impersonating himself as Taliban leader,” he said seeking explanation from the government.

The Afghan government officially confirmed that the Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in April, 2013. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that Omar died in a hospital in Karachi city of Pakistan. It called his death a mystery. The Taliban also confirmed death of their leader and said that Omar died of natural causes.

Revelation of Mullah Omar’s death led to delay in the second round of peace talks between the government and Taliban, which were set to take place in Pakistan last Friday. The first round of face-to-face talks was held in Murree, a resort hill near Islamabad, around a month ago.

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