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Dr Abdullah Abdullah likely to visit Pakistan next week

ISLAMABAD: Dr Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council, is likely to visit Pakistan next week to discuss the ongoing intra-Afghan dialogue with Prime Minister Imran Khan and others. 

Official sources informed Pakistan Today that Dr Abdullah is likely to arrive here on a three-day visit starting from September 28.

According to the sources, Dr Abdullah is visiting Pakistan on special invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He is likely to also meet political leaders and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. 

The visit comes at a time when efforts are being made to evolve consensus among various Afghan groups, including the Afghan Taliban, for the future political dispensation.

Recently, the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government along with parties of Northern Alliance had attended the inaugural ceremony of intra-Afghan dialogue in Doha. However, the formal talks between the Afghan government and Taliban are yet to start.

The latest phase of the Afghan peace process is crucial since it would focus on determining the future political dispensation in Afghanistan. 

The Taliban have sought to adopt conservative system in situation following the withdrawal of US troops while other political groups want a democratic set up where rights of women and others are guaranteed.

Taliban, however, have shown willingness to accommodate the concerns of other groups as some of their leaders claim that the insurgent group learnt lessons from their past mistakes.

The process, nevertheless, will not be easy as some observers believe that Taliban have the upper hand given their military strength and the areas they control at the moment. 

Speaking at an online meeting of the US Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday evening, Dr Abdullah confirmed he would travel to Pakistan in the coming days to hold talks with Pakistani leaders on peace and reconciliation talks in Afghanistan.

He expressed hope that the inter-Afghan talks in Doha would lead to an end of four decades of war and bloodshed in the war-torn.

He said that as peace talks continue, the level of violence in the country is high and the increase in violence is not acceptable for Afghans.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]