Pak leader offers to facilitate Afghan peace process on condition of ‘no US influence’

Peshawar, June 15(ANI): High-level talks between the Taliban leadership and the Hamid Karzai-led Afghan government have begun in Dubai, according to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) sources.

Karzai had discussed the reconciliation process with the Pakistan leadership during his visit to Islamabad last week and sought Pakistan's cooperation in this regard.

JUI-F sources said that Karzai and the Afghan Reconciliation Commission's Chairman Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani had consulted the Pakistan government, particularly the 'security establishment', about the contacts with the Taliban.

During his meeting with Professor Rabbani in Islamabad last week, JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman offered to facilitate his negotiations with the Afghan Taliban on the condition that these should be held without American influence.

"Maulana has told Mr Rabbani that he is ready to play his role to bring all factions to the negotiating table, provided the Afghan government comes out of the influence of the Americans," the Dawn quoted the sources, as saying.

They said that all stakeholders, including the security establishment, were satisfied with the new developments.

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