Kabul: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Friday announced that his government has abandoned peace talks with the Taliban.
Speaking to a group of religious leaders, the Afghan President maintained that his government will continue to carry on the dialogue process with Pakistan.
Karzai’s remarks come in the wake of the gruesome assassination of Afghan’s former president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, on September 20, 2011. He was killed in a suicide bombing at his home in Kabul when two Taliban members approached him to discuss peace with him.
"Where is he (Mullah Omar)? We cannot find the Taliban Council. Where is it?" he said.
"A messenger comes disguised as a Taliban Council member and kills, and they neither confirm nor reject it. Therefore, we cannot talk to anyone but to Pakistan," Karzai was quoted as saying by BBC.
"Who is the other side in the peace process? I do not have any other answer but to say Pakistan is the other side in the peace talks with us."