Pakistan has turned down Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s request to allow Taliban to set up an office in the country, according to a media report today.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-InsafChairman Imran Khan has urged the government to allow Taliban to open an office for the peace dialogue in the country.
Pakistan will persuade the Afghan Taliban to relocate their political office from Qatar to either Saudi Arabia or Turkey and enter into direct talks with Kabul, a media report today said.
Taliban has announced its decision to shut down its political office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
The Taliban will not join talks with the United States because of a dispute over the name of its office in Qatar, a senior US official has said.
On June 18.2013, the final phase of the security transition from ISAF control to the ANSF began. On that day, too, the Taliban announced the opening of their office in Doha.
Afghanistan`s government said it is still waiting for a full explanation of how the Taliban were allowed to open an office in Qatar that was akin to an embassy.
Muhammad Naeem, who heads the Taliban`s political office, said issues like a ceasefire could be discussed after the formal talks get underway.
The Taliban office opened in Doha to facilitate peace talks does not carry the name of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," as it appeared earlier, Qatar said on Wednesday.
Washington and Kabul had disagreed over the new Taliban office in Qatari capital city of Doha.
Obama and Karzai said that they would support an office in Doha for the purpose of negotiations.
Taliban spokesman said that the liaison office at Qatar will conduct negotiations with the international community.
Karzai said if the United States insisted that the insurgents establish a liaison office in Qatar, "we are agreed."
UK Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan was in Islamabad.
Muslim Turkey has hosted talks aims at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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