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afghanistan-pakistanPakistan on Sunday extended complete support and cooperation to peace and reconciliation process between Afghan government and Taliban in Qatar.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told a press conference in Islamabad that Pakistan would be ready for every support needed and said “Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and supports reconciliation process between Taliban and Afghan government.”

He further said that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for peace in the region and that Pakistan desired better ties with Afghanistan.

Qatar on Saturday confirmed it was hosting two days of “reconciliation talks” between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents.

“The dialogue will be through open discussions about the Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan,” the gulf country’s official news agency, QNA, said citing the foreign ministry official Yousif al-Sada.

The Taliban identified eight people who would take part in the talks. However, they said the discussions “should not be misconstrued as peace or negotiation talks”.

Insiders privy to the discussions in Qatar, requesting anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News besides Afghan officials and Taliban representatives, the participants included United Nations, Qatari, Turkish officials.

The dialogue has been organised in Doha by the Pugwash Council, which brings together scholars and public figures to work against armed conflicts and seek solutions to global security threats.

Former president Hamid Karzai, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and a number of political parties’ leaders and lawmakers had been invited to the conference.

Qazi Hakim would represent the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban. The HIA has also a political wing led by former economy minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal.

Others invitees include Qutbuddin Hilal, Syed Ishaq Gilani, Haji Roohullah, Farooq Azam, Yunas Qanuni, Faizullah Zaki, Karim Khalili, Qazi Amin Waqad, Masoom Stanikzai and several others.

Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst, said the Doha conference was a positive step towards reviving the peace process in Afghanistan despite the event being unofficial.