Peace talks not started on wishes of Pakistan: Taliban
29 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Taliban on Thursday rejected the statement of Pakistani Ambassador in Kabul Muhammad Sadiq wherein he had said that Taliban were allowed to go to Qatar for peace talks, saying the peace talks were not started on directions from Pakistan.
Commenting on the Pakistani ambassador's statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, "We have said earlier that Taliban representatives never proceeded to Qatar for Pakistan told them to do so, as the ambassador in an interview with Reuters had said."
Perhaps the Pakistani ambassador lacked knowledge in that connection, he said, adding, "Afghanistan started peace talks in its national interest and on the wishes of the leadership of Taliban, and then suspended the talks when the leadership wished so."
In the fresh message, Taliban reiterated that the talks were held for forwarding the confidence-building measures that had to be followed by peace talks. However, he did not rule out the possibility of resumption of the talks.