The Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Gul Agha Sherzai claims that he has established contacts with the Quetta council of the Taliban group in a bid to help pave the way for the revival of peace talks.

Speaking during a gathering in southern Kandahar province, Sherzai claimed that he has established a Jirga (gathering of elders) and the members of the Jirga are in contact with the Taliban leaders in Quetta council for the past three months.

He did not disclose further information in this regard but went on to claim that the recent ceasefire announced by the Taliban was a positive feedback from the ongoing efforts of the Jirga.

In the meantime, the Taliban rejected the claims of Sherzai and said such claims are baseless that the leaders of the group are in contact with the officials of the Afghan government.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the stance of the Taliban group is clear regarding peace talks and reconciliation.

Mujahid further added that there has been no change in the stance of the Taliban group for peace talks and the leadership of the group is not keen to waste time on peace talks.


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