Karzai in talks with Haqqani: Afghan lawmaker

The parliamentarian says the government has been in direct contact with Jalaludin Haqqani.

Kabul: A lawmaker says the Afghan government has been in reconciliation talks for months with members of a Taliban faction closely tied to al Qaeda and responsible for lethal attacks on coalition forces and bombings inside Kabul.

The parliamentarian, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, says the government has been in direct contact with Jalaludin Haqqani, the leader of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that three members of the Taliban`s leadership council also have participated in preliminary discussions with the Afghan government.
While skeptical in the past, the US last week expressed support for the Afghan government`s efforts to talk with senior members of the Taliban.

Bureau Report

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