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Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on plan for Afghan peace process

Nov. 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM   |   Comments

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KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a mechanism for dealing with the Taliban on a peace process, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday.

Speaking in Kabul, Afghanistan, after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Sharif gave few details but said the plan will allow Afghan peace council members to continue talks with the former senior Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar.

Reviving the peace process before the scheduled 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan was the major issue on the meeting's agenda, the BBC said.

Karzai has said he wants Pakistan to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban, over which, he says, Pakistan has influence, the report said.

Pakistan was a key backer of the 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the Afghan online newspaper Khaama Press said Saturday.

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