US contacts Mullah Omar to end Taliban conflicts

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Islamabad, Jun 14: The US has established contacts with the spiritual leader of the Taliban movement Mullah Muhammad Omar to negotiate an end to Afghan conflict.

Abdul Haqiq alias Mohammad Hanif, an Afghan Taliban spokesman, played a crucial role in helping Washington reach out to Mullah Omar.

Haqiq was taken under custody by the US and Afghan intelligence agents in Afghanistan in June 2007. Along with Yousuf Ahmadi, he was one of the high-profile Afghan Taliban spokesmen, appointed after chief spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi was arrested in October 2005 in Pakistan.

The reports say that the US government had offered the Taliban control over the south of Afghanistan while, US itself would take over north for the other political forces. But, this was rejected by the Taliban.

Former ISI chief General Hamid Gul,“The acceptance of such a proposal could not be possible for the Taliban as it could lead to the disintegration of Afghanistan".

According to one of the unnamed diplomat,"The Taliban are aware that it will be difficult to defeat foreign troops in Afghanistan or capture the entire country. Similarly, the US is also aware that it cannot defeat the Taliban in the next few years".

An ambassador of a Central Asian state said,"The US is building six permanent military bases in Afghanistan, and on the other, talking about the withdrawal of its troops from the country."

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