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Pakistan has reportedly told Taliban to end violence or pay a heavy price

By Khaama Press - Mon Apr 18 2016, 11:45 am

Taliban Afghanistan PakistanThe authorities in Pakistan have reportedly called on Afghan Taliban group leadership to shun violence or pay a heavy price, a move which the Pakistani authorities are saying has been taken to persuade the group to participate in peace talks and end the violence through reconciliation process.

A Pakistani official quoted in a local media report said the authorities in Pakistan have also called on the Taliban leadership to call off their ‘spring offensive’.

The official speaking on the condition of anonymity further added that the warning by Pakistani authorities have been issued amid concerns that the spring offensive by the group could derail the peace initiative the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) had launched in December last year.

Calling the announcement of spring offensive by Taliban as disappointing, the official said the Taliban leadership has been given a clear message through ‘intermediaries’ that they would have to pay a ‘heavy price’ if they refused to go back to the negotiating table.

The announcement by Pakistani authorities to warn the Taliban group comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for remaining reckless to act against the safe havens of the militant groups operating in the country.

A top Afghan defense official said last week that Taliban group leaders are convening key meetings in their safe havens inside the Pakistani soil.

The Chief of Army Staff General Qadam Shah Shaheem told reporters in Kabul that the Taliban gatherings, including meetings to pledge allegiance are taking place in Pakistan.

Although the Pakistani officials have repeatedly denied support to the Taliban group but the country’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz earlier acknowledged the Pakistan has influence on Taliban leaders which could be used as a leverage to force the group to participate in peace talks.

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  1. Afghanistan should understand that providing state buildings and safe heavens to the enemy of Pakistan on Afghan soil is not in the interest of Afghanistan.

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