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Taliban rejects claims of peace dialogue as bogus

AT-KABUL: Amid the government institutions’ claims in regard with readiness of the Taliban to participate in peace parleys, the militant faction on Friday said that it has no inclination to indulge in peace talks with the Afghan apparatus and that any claim to indicate otherwise was a deceit and bogus.

The denial comes after the High Peace Council secretary Dr. Akram Khpalwak said that intra-Afghan peace talks could start anytime soon. Direct talks will be initiated with the Taliban, he said, rejecting that Pakistan will be a venue of the dialogue.

Khpalwak said an international conference of ulema would be organized in Saudi Arabia on Afghanistan and the government would receive support for its peace endeavors.

But the Taliban in a statement attributed to their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Kabul administration and some peace and provincial officials had once again started false rumors about peace talks.

He said the Taliban had no program to enter talks with the government which through such claims wanted to mislead people’s minds.

Mujahid said the Taliban maintained a clear policy for talks and had many times repeated that stance, calling the presence of foreign troops on the Afghanistan’s soil “the mother of all problems.”

Before Khpalwak, High Peace Council official Aminuddin Muzfari had also said the people would hear good news about peace soon. Similarly, Afghanistan ambassador in Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal had also claimed progress in talks with Pakistan.

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