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Afghan team to visit Pakistan on 5th

By Mariana Baabar

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan High Council for Peace arrives in Islamabad on January 5 for a three-day visit, headed by former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, for, what Pakistan says, is an ‘exploratory’ visit and an opportunity to hear ‘first hand’ what Afghan leaders have in mind, in their effort to bring back peace to this land locked neighbor of Islamabad. Neither Rabbani nor officials here have ruled out the possibility of including Taliban in these peace talks.

“We want these talks to be led by the Afghans themselves. We want the process to be broad-based, inclusive, Afghan-owned and Afghan-led. We are looking forward to intensive discussions with the delegation and Prof Rabbani. Pakistan will continue to support and help in whatever way the Afghanistan government wants us to help,” a Foreign Office spokesman told The News from Peshawar.

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