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Talks possible if Pakistan stops aiding terrorists: CEO

KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, commenting on the Pakistani prime minister’s remarks about the revival of Afghan peace talks, said on Monday the government in Kabul would welcome such move if Islamabad stopped supporting terrorist groups.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a press conference that his administration remained willing to help revive the Afghan peace process, namely negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban.

Abdullah said the Afghan government welcomed Sharif’s remarks, but Pakistan should stop supporting the militants blamed for attacks inside Afghanistan. It would be an effective step toward stability in Afghanistan.

Addressing a meeting of the Council of Ministers, the CEO claimed the Taliban could not conduct huge operations or spectacular attacks in Afghanistan if they were not supported from abroad.

“Afghanistan has a clear stance on the peace process: If Pakistan wants to demonstrate its honesty about this reconciliation process, it should renounce support to militants,” Abdullah argued.

The first round of face-to-face peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was held in Murree, a tourist resort near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. America and China attended as observers.

The second round of negotiations was scheduled to be held in China or Pakistan on July 30, buy it was suspended after the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death. (PAN)

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