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Afghan Taliban Confirm Meeting in Pakistan 

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Taliban have claimed a meeting with Pakistan officials in Islamabad earlier this month.

A statement from the Taliban group said their Qatar delegation of five leaders held a meeting with Pakistan authorities in the second week of January. Different aspects of expected peace talks with Afghan government were discussed, it said.

The statement further mentioned that it favoured a political settlement to end Afghanistan’s 16-year war.

However, it was uncertain whether any progress was made during the meeting. Many previous attempts made by the US and Afghan authorities have failed. The last of such effort was initiated early in 2015.

A spokesperson for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was unaware of the Islamabad talks.

Earlier this month, a report surfaced in international media claiming a meeting between Afghan authorities and Taliban delegation in Ankara. However, both sides denied participating in the Turkey talks.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the Turkey meeting had no legitimate Taliban representatives in attendance.

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