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No letup in violence even after Pakistan-backed talks: Faisal

No letup in violence even after Pakistan-backed talks: Faisal

Jul 28, 2015 - 16:01

KABUL (Pajhwok): Javed Faisal, spokesman for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, on Tuesday said Afghanistan expected a sharp decline after the first round of direct talks with Taliban but insecurity continued to haunt the nation.

He lamented groups behind the insurgency in Afghanistan still enjoyed active support from the neighbouring country, and they were not refrained from their activities despite Pakistani officials’ pledges following the first round of talks with Taliban.

An Afghan government delegation and Taliban representatives held face-to-face talks last month in Murree, a tourist resort close to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, amid hopes that the ground-breaking meeting would lead to a fall in the level of violence..

The government was sincere about talks with Taliban, he insisted, suspecting Pakistan of still supporting insurgent groups in Afghanistan. The government in Kabul hoped for a dramatic decline in militant activities after the first round of talks in Islamabad.

According to Faisal, the government is committed to peace talks with Taliban and would explore every opportunity that guaranteed peace and prosperity in the country. He said the second round of talks would be held soon, but did not give information about the venue and an exact date.

The second round of talks with Taliban was expected to begin from July,30 in China, but government sources revealed it might happen in Pakistan. Earlier, a Pakistan security official, who wished to go unnamed, said a second round of talks between Afghan government and Taliban would take place in Islamabad. He hoped the takes would bear positive result.