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According to the Pakistani media, Pakistan is sending a 13-member religious scholar delegation to Kabul to continue and accelerate the talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as, Pakistani Taliban.

The Pakistani Express Tribune newspaper reports that the delegation will fly to Kabul in the coming days.

Consistent with the reports, the delegation will engage and negotiate with the Taliban leaders to persuade them to extend the ceasefire mediated by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The delegation to Kabul is said to finish the work of Pakistani tribal elders who were unable to persuade Pakistani Taliban leaders to cooperate with the government.

According to the Express Tribune, the delegation would try to persuade the TTP to withdraw their demand for the rollback of previous FATA reforms that were approved by Pakistan’s parliament and to abandon their claimed “jihad” against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has acknowledged the delegation’s visit, according to the Express Tribune.

The Afghan Taliban hosted the Pakistani government’s initiation of peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, which resulted in a temporary ceasefire.

On May 18, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Kabul has brokered a temporary ceasefire between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Islamabad.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Islamabad had agreed to a temporary ceasefire after the Afghan interim administration mediated between them.

Mujahid further said that the Taliban is committed to a productive negotiating process and that both parties should be tolerant and flexible.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).