Why Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk

Why Afghan Taliban Are Ready to Talk Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani’s high-risk, high-rewards gamble in reaching out to Pakistan in return for Pakistan delivering the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table seems to have paid off – for now. After months of intense shuttle diplomacy between the two countries, and a stern warning from Pakistan to the Afghan Taliban on its soil, the insurgent group finally agreed to formally sit across the table from the Afghan government this week in Murree, a resort town close to Islamabad. Ghani had faced intense criticism for being too trusting of Pakistan. Many in his country, including some members of the Afghan parliament, look at Pakistan with suspicion. “Pakistan has [its] own interest. They are the ones who were supportin...
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