After Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the presidential palace announced on Wednesday that senior Afghan officials will travel to Pakistan “in the near future” to meet with former Taliban senior commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (AFP, Pajhwok, Reuters, VOA). Cameron is hosting the two leaders in an effort to re-start the stalled Afghan peace talks and the whereabouts of Baradar were expected to play a significant role in the discussion (RFE/RL). Baradar was the Taliban’s deputy leader until he was arrested in Pakistan in 2010. While Pakistani authorities say they released Baradar last month, his whereabouts remain unknown and Afghan officials believe he is still under Pakistan’s close supervision.
Speaking ahead of that meeting on Tuesday, Sharif urged the Afghan Taliban to take part in the political reconciliation process and speak with Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (VOA). Sharif added that the talks should “promote unity,” and said stability would only return to Afghanistan when everyone was involved in the peace process. He also reiterated his belief that Pakistan “should play every possible role” to help achieve stability in the region.