Sources have confirmed that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, had a meeting with Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban.
According to the source from the Interior Ministry, who requested not to be named, Maulana Fazlur Rehman expressed his desire for a meeting with Mullah Hibatullah as soon as he arrived in Kabul.
The source indicated that one of the governors, known to have a close relationship with Mullah Hibatullah, arranged the meeting in Kandahar upon Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s request.
It appears that Mullah Shirin Akhund, the governor of Kandahar and a trusted associate of Mullah Hibatullah, played a role in coordinating this meeting, although the source did not provide details on this matter.
Pakistani media has also confirmed that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, met with the leader of the Taliban during his trip to Kandahar.
This marks the first such meeting since the 2023 visit of Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.