Pakistan welcomes announcement of Taliban office in Qatar

Published: June 19, 2013
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A general view of the Taliban Afghanistan Political Office in Doha June 18, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

A general view of the Taliban Afghanistan Political Office in Doha June 18, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of a new Taliban political office in Doha “for the purpose of bringing peace to Afghanistan and the region,” according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The MOFA statement also welcomed the start of peace talks between the US and the Afghan Taliban.

Earlier on Tuesday, the United States also welcomed the Taliban’s decision to open an office in Qatar and senior US officials said they hoped to meet with their Afghan foes within days.

“I think the United States will have its first meeting with the Taliban for several years in a couple of days in Doha,” a senior US official told reporters, dubbing the move the “beginning of a very difficult road.”

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:28AM

    The truce between US and Taliban will be until all the US forces will return back to US. Thereafter, it will be al-together a different story.

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  • Mehran Khan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:56AM

    So USA lost the war?
    Economic gain in USA = Economic, Life & Structural loss in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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  • PTI Fan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:02AM

    Good that AQ has an office in the country which is sponsoring them. They should open an office in KSA too.Recommend

  • TightPatloon
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:11AM

    Thats a very nice building for a bunch of thugs, who have blood of hundreds of thousands innocent people on their hands. Where are US drones now?

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  • Jat
    Jun 19, 2013 - 2:18AM

    I just looked at the building in the accompanying photograph – what a wonderful monument signifying the victory of a handful of barbarians over the Islamic Nuclear Power.

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  • Irfan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:24AM

    When Imran Khan says, then he is pro-taliban, and now establishment has welcomed talibans. How hypocrite Pakistani establishment is !!

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  • Salman
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:28AM

    Pathetic and shameless cowards. That’s all I can say for Pakistani govt

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  • PTI Fan 2
    Jun 19, 2013 - 4:03AM

    Thank you for pouring water on the lives of our people and army men.

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  • Azmuh
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:14AM

    @PTI Fan AQ and Taliban are two different groups…

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  • Kosher Niazi
    Jun 19, 2013 - 6:16AM

    Pakistan govt. can’t say no to US foreign policy. As it is already known Zbigniew Brzezinski want to use Afghan Taliban against Pakistan that is why Qatar, a Anglo Saxon proxy state hosting the talk between the two. I hope this explains to people who think America is our best friend and other side who thinks it is due to PTI/JI efforts.

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  • Zaida P
    Jun 19, 2013 - 6:23AM

    Has the CIA been told not to use drones to target Taliban’s office?

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 19, 2013 - 7:12AM

    @Mehran Khan:

    The surrender protocal has not yet been signed! The Americans are ready to pay direct what they paid previously via Karzai. Unless the Talibans get what they want, they are not going to let the USA leave with their lethal equipment!

    Rex Minor

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  • Sense
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:26AM

    For the commentors above: please do not confuse Afghan Taliban with Pakistani Taliban. But No, you will keep confusing that – for the sake of IK bashing!

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  • Ricky
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:52AM

    This reminds the world that Pakistan was the only neighbor of Afghanistan who had recognized Taliban govt. The history is repeating itself. However, all those who are dreaming of Taliban ruling once again have a rude awakening. The US is not running away let alone defeated. They would not let go the sacrifices of their soldiers. The boots may not be there but the drones and air force with thousands of military advisors would be there.

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  • Realist
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:00AM

    @Jat:

    Hello. That office is for Afghan Taliban. What you are referring to are Pakistan Taliban. A separate organization with different command and objectives.

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  • florence
    Jun 28, 2013 - 4:49AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    yes and it will start somewhere else. The main tarjet is to take what is under earth.

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  • florence
    Jun 28, 2013 - 4:52AM

    @PTI Fan:
    yes and in Manchester or Paris also

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  • florence
    Jun 28, 2013 - 4:55AM

    @Kosher Niazi:
    talibans they should be in jail, nothing else

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  • florence
    Jun 28, 2013 - 4:57AM

    @Realist:
    same thing, all killers in jail, nothing else. True talibans are in Mosquee

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