Pakistan advises Taliban on how to gain international support

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KABUL: On Thursday, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi made a visit to Afghanistan. The Taliban-Afghanistan talks came as a result of the crisis that currently surrounds capital Kabul.

An explosion cut down power and brought down electric lines in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The explosion submerged the whole city of Kabul in darkness which is home to over 4.6 million people.

The sources of the explosion are not yet known, but Islamic State can be behind this attack. Since the takeover of US backed-Afghanistan government by the Taliban, Islamic State has been waging an internal war through bombarding and explosions to defy the Taliban rulers.

After the Kabul crisis and humanitarian crisis that Afghanistan is already going through, it asked the help of its always helping neighbour Pakistan. According to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the two countries had talks on subjects related to the border, women’s and girls’ rights and restraining terrorism.

As a neighbour and as a well-wisher and friend, I conveyed to them what sort of steps they could take to enhance their international acceptability“, said Qureshi. Pakistan’s intelligence chief also accompanied the foreign minister in this short visit to Kabul.

The officials met the Taliban’s acting prime minister Hasan Akhund and other cabinet ministers. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that they talked about trade and reopening borders. He acknowledged talks with Qureshi as ‘a very good interaction’. Taliban will soon be sending a follow-up delegation to Pakistan for a visit.

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