Taliban: A delegation led by Mullah Baradar has left for Pakistan

Pukhtun Nama Report

Few days ago Pakistan announced that it was implementing Security Council sanctions on Taliban leaders, including Mullah Baradar, a delegation led by Mullah Baradar left for Islamabad.

Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, wrote on his Twitter account on August 23 that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s political deputy and head of the group’s Qatar office, had left for Pakistan on the invitation of a high-level delegation.

The Pakistani government has not yet officially confirmed or denied Mullah Baradar’s visit to the country, but a number of media outlets have quoted Pakistani foreign ministry officials as saying that Mullah Baradar’s visit to Pakistan is a step in the right direction. Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had invited the Taliban to discuss Afghan peace.

Sohail Shaheen also said that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar would discuss with Pakistani officials “recent developments, facilitation of public movement and trade between Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the two neighboring countries, and other related issues.”

Mr Shaheen added that the spread of the coronavirus had delayed the travel of Taliban representatives, adding that Taliban representatives would travel to other countries in the near future.

A statement on Pakistan’s foreign ministry’s website last week called for UN sanctions to be imposed on leaders of other militant groups, including some Afghan Taliban leaders.