Pakistan in behind-the-scenes push to aid US-Taliban talks

Posted In: News Date:Feb 9th, 2019

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting US peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, US officials and Taliban sources say.

The Pakistani assistance, which has not been reported in such detail before, also includes exerting pressure on the Taliban leaders who fail to cooperate, including by detaining members of the militants’ families, the insurgents say.

The Pakistani role in the peace negotiations is a delicate one, with Islamabad seeking to avoid demonstrating the kind of broad influence over the Taliban that Washington has long accused it of having. Sources caution its help could be temporary.