Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Calls On United States to Negotiate With Taliban

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Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Calls On United States to Negotiate With Taliban

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. (Photo: AFP)

On Sunday, Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif told Pakistan Radio that the US should change its policy in Afghanistan and negotiate with the Taliban in order to bring peace and security to the country.

“Peace talks with the Taliban could be arranged if Washington works with countries in the region that have influence over the militant group” Asif said

Asif said that Iran and Russia should be given a role in the peace process in Afghanistan. Asif claimed that these two countries have a great influence over the Taliban.

Asif statement came after the US administration accused Pakistan of hiding the Taliban leadership inside its territory.

Meanwhile, the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad claimed on Sunday that NATO warplanes targeted a position of the Afghan Police by mistake in Nawa district of Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.

Voice of Jihad claimed that 5 Afghan policemen were killed and 3 others were injured in the supposed friendly fire accident.

The Taliban continued its advance in western Afghanistan and captured a checkpoint of the Afghan Army in Farah town, the capital of Farah province. According to Voice of Jihad the checkpoint was captured after a 5 days-long siege, during the siege the commander of the checkpoint was killed.

The Taliban influence is now increasing in northern and western Afghanistan away from the border with Pakistan.

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