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Sartaj Aziz: Pakistan not supporting any group in Afghanistan

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Sartaj AzizThe Pakistani foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz has ruled out support to any specific group in Afghanistan, saying Pakistan will play role in combating terrorism in neighboring country.

Aziz further added that the second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group will start in the near future.

Without disclosing further information regarding the exact time frame when the second the phase of peace talks is expected t kick off, Aziz said negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban group is supported by United States and China.

Aziz was briefing the Senate on resolution of Seher Kamran about Pakistan’s foreign policy, according to the local media reports.

The remarks by Aziz comes as Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan for sheltering the anti-government armed militant groups with the leadership of the Afghan National Unity government insisting that Afghanistan needs to sit-in for peace talks both with Pakistan and Taliban group in a bid to end the violence in the country.

Ahead of his visit to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia summit in Islamabad, President Ghani said negotiations with Pakistan would be more effective than sitting-in for peace talks with the Taliban group.

He reiterated his last year’s remarks, saying that Afghanistan is engaged in an undeclared war with Pakistan during the past 14 years.

Pakistan hosted the first round of direct peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban group earlier in July this year.

The Afghan officials were expecting to sit-in for the second round of peace talks with the Taliban group representatives in Pakistan late in the month of July.

However, the process was delayed with the sudden disclosure of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death shortly before the second round of talks.

Mullah Omar’s death confirmation led to widening rift among the Taliban leadership which resulted to suspension of peace talks.

A series of deadly attacks rocked capital Kabul earlier last month which left scores of people dead or wounded which resulted into a deteriorating relations between Kabul and Islamabad.

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