In a statement released on Tuesday, the Taliban said that their negotiating team is headed by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a leading negotiator of the armed group.
The list also includes Anas Haqqani, – the brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the Haqqani network – who is being held in Kabul.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Haqqani “should be released to start work on the negotiating team.”
The Presidential Palace, however, said that no decision had been made yet regarding his release.
The rest members of Taliban’s negotiating team include: Mawlawi Zia-ur-Rahman Madani, Abdul Salam Hanafi, Shahabuddin Delawar, Mullah Abdul Latif Mansour, Mullah Abdul Manan Omari, Mawlawi Amir Khan Mutaqi, Mullah Mohammad Fazel Mazlom, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa , Mawlawi Mati-ul-Haq, Mullah Noorullah Noori, Mawlawi Mohammad Nabi Omari and Mullah Abdul Khaliq Wasiq.
It comes as the U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is expected to hold another round of talks with the Taliban representatives in Qatar on February 25 as part of his fresh diplomatic efforts to reach into a political statement in Afghanistan.
Source : Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)
Tuesday 12 February 2019 19:25