'Pak delegation part of Taliban peace talks in Kabul'

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Islamabad, Oct 11(ANI): A delegation from the Pakistan government, headed by former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, is reportedly taking part in talks between the Hamid Karzai led-Afghanistan government and Taliban representatives in Kabul.

According to sources, the talks, being held at Kabul's Serena Hotel, are aimed at setting the ground for negotiations on ending the Afghan war.

Some members of the Peace Council tasked with helping negotiate with the Taliban are also attending the talks.

Abdul Hamid Mubarez, a member of the peace council, said that the Pakistan government was playing a central role in negotiations.

"The people of Afghanistan are tired of war and Pakistan's government has a key role in these talks because the Taliban have their strongholds in Pakistan," The Dawn quoted Mubarez, as saying.

"They are under the influence of Pakistan. I think Pakistan is facing problems that leave no other way except to help resolve this conflict," he added. (ANI)

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