Pakistan’s prime minister said Saturday that the recent release of a senior Taliban leader shows he is committed to helping bring peace to Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif said after meeting in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that an agreement had been reached for a mechanism to allow members of an Afghan peace council to continue talks with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was released from Pakistani detention last September. The Taliban’s former No 2 was set free after years in detention and some officials hope he can help jumpstart the peace process, while others have their doubts. An Afghan delegation met with him last week, officials said, the first such encounter since his release.
“We once again discussed the peace process,’’ Karzai said after meeting Sharif. “We discussed how Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States can work together to bring peace to the region.’’
Both men expressed desire for closer ties, trade and regional peace and agreed to work toward those goals. It was Sharif’s first visit to Afghanistan since being elected. Karzai has been pushing Pakistan for help in talking to the Taliban, where of its leaders are thought to be based.
Cops guarding polio team shot dead
PESHAWAR: Police say gunmen have fired on police officers protecting a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan, killing one and wounding another. The two officers reportedly came under attack Saturday as they were returning to a police station after doing duty with the polio workers on the outskirts of the city, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.