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Taliban peace negotiators in Pakistan to consult militant leadership

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KABUL: Taliban’s peace negotiating team has arrived in Pakistan from their Qatar political office to consult wither their leadership based in the city of Quetta about the possible conference be held in Turkey.

The Pakistan visit was reported by Razzak Barq, a Pakistani freelance journalist who said that the delegation arrived in Quetta on Sunday. Taliban Political Spokesman Maohammad Naeem rejected the visit.

Barq said that the militants are consulting on conditions to attend the Turkey conference on Afghan peace after their previous condition (the release of 7,000 of their comrades in Afghan custody) was rejected.

Maulavi Qalamuddin, a former Taliban official was unaware of the Quetta visit, but said that the militants meet Afghan peace negotiators sometimes in Qatar.

“Taliban will attend the Turkey conference but they have some conditions. The condition is that Turkey provide them information about the conference and that the results of the conference should not be resolute,” Qalamuddin said.

The Turkey conference on Afghan peace will be held in two weeks, according to American and Turkish officials.

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