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Pakistani Military's Taliban Ties Seen as Important to Afghan Peace Talks

Pakistani Military's Taliban Ties Seen as Important to Afghan Peace Talks With the announcement of a new round of Afghan peace talks by the first week of March, Pakistan's military appears to be retaining its role as a key dealmaker in the process. On Monday, Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, met officials from Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, to prepare the way for the talks, which are expected to take place in Islamabad. Pakistan's military leaders have rarely taken such a public role in the Afghan peace process. The country's spy agency has maintained ties with the Afghan Taliban since the group came to power. Since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, Afghan and U.S. officials have accused Pakistan of giving safe harbor to senior Taliban leaders and all...
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