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Afghan envoy discusses Taliban peace process with Aziz in Pak

PTI
Published May 30, 2016, 5:40 pm IST
Updated May 30, 2016, 5:40 pm IST
Pakistan was livid after the attack, saying it was major setback to Afghan peace process.
Afghan envoy Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met the Prime Minister's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad. (Photo: AFP)
 Afghan envoy Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met the Prime Minister's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad. (Photo: AFP)

Islamabad: An Afghan official on Monday met top Pakistani diplomat and discussed a host of issues, including the fate of Afghan peace process after the death of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone attack recently.

Afghan envoy Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met the Prime Minister's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.

 

They discussed the fate of Afghan peace process in the wake of killing of Mullah Mansour and appointment of hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah as his successor, according to diplomatic sources.

Pakistan was livid after the attack, saying it was major setback to Afghan peace process.

"The death of Mullah Mansoor in a drone strike on May 21 has added to the complexity of the Afghan conflict," Aziz has said after the drone attack.

"We believe that this action has undermined the Afghan peace process," he said.

It is believed that the peace process has been pushed back for several months as new Taliban leader will be under pressure to shun talks after killing of Mansour.

 

Pakistan had been active as part of four way group with Afghanistan, China and US to help start the peace talks.

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