Pakistan urges Taliban to take part in peace talks

Friday 24 February 2012,


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday called on Taliban leaders and other Afghan insurgent groups to take part in a peace process to end 10 years of war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

"I would like to appeal to the Taliban leadership as well as to all other Afghan groups, including Hizb-e-Islami, to participate in an intra-Afghan process for national reconciliation and peace," he said in a statement.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week again invited the Taliban for direct talks with his government, urging Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts in Afghanistan, where US-led combat troops are due to leave by 2014.

"It is now time to turn a new leaf and open a new chapter in the history of Afghanistan… to build peace and bring prosperity to Afghanistan" said Gilani

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