Taliban co-founder Baradar arrives in Kabul to hold talks with Afghan political leaders

Kabul [Afghanistan] August 21 : Taliban co-founder and deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday to initiate a formal discussion with Afghan political leaders on setting up a government, a senior leader of the group, which has taken control over Afghanistan said.
The developments came soon after Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar informed that formal talks between the group and Afghan leaders will begin once the Taliban leaders reach Kabul, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. Hekmatyar also said that “recent meetings held between the two sides after Taliban’s entry into Kabul were informal.”
The Taliban have been attempting to convince the world that they will sever ties with terror groups like al-Qaeda after they are back in power in Afghanistan after 20 years and needs the world’s recognition and approbation, a media report said.
The Taliban’s long history of association with terror groups and their family-based relations with terrorists of other groups have raised severe questions about the Taliban’s commitment during the Doha agreement that they would not provide safe heavens to any terrorist in Afghanistan

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