Taliban leader holds meeting with former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

Taliban commander and senior leader of Haqqani Network has reportedly held a meeting with the former President Hamid Karzai in an effort to form government in the country

Taliban leader holds meeting with former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

NH Web Desk

A Taliban commander, Anas Haqqani, who is also a senior leader of Haqqani Network terrorist group has held meeting with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday in an effort to form government in Afghanistan, news agency Reuters quoted a Taliban official as saying. The main peace envoy of the old government Abdullah Abdullah was also with the former president for the talks, as per the Taliban official.

The Haqqani Network is an important part of the Taliban who took hold of power in Afghanistan on Sunday, August 15.

Earlier on Tuesday, senior Taliban leader Amir Khan Muttaqi was said to be in the Afghan capital negotiating with Kabul's political leadership, including Abdullah Abdullah, who once headed the country's negotiating council, and former President Hamid Karzai.

That is according to an official familiar with the talks and who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Muttaqi was a higher education minister when the Taliban last ruled and he began making contacts with Afghan political leaders even before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani secretly slipped away from the Presidential Palace on the weekend, leaving a devastating vacuum that Taliban who were surrounding the city strode in to fill.

The official says the talks underway in the Afghan capital are aimed at bringing other non-Taliban leaders into the government that Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has said will be an inclusive Afghan government.

There is little indication about the substance of the talks, but Shaheen earlier told The Associated Press that a government will be announced after negotiations with non-Taliban leaders are completed.

Afghans familiar with the talks say some rounds have gone late into the night and have been underway since soon after Ghani's departure.

With PTI inputs

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Published: 17 Aug 2021, 10:49 AM