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If in power, will regard Pakistan as our brother: Afghan Taliban

Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, has said they will approach Pakistan "as a brother and neighbour", seeking "comprehensive ties based on mutual respect", if they end up having a say in the Afghan polity.
Feb 11, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Zabiullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, has said they will approach Pakistan "as a brother and neighbour", seeking "comprehensive ties based on mutual respect", if they end up having a say in the Afghan polity.
 
In an exclusive interview to Dawn news, Mujahid acknowledged that Pakistan had remained "the most important hub" for Afghan refugees during the Soviet invasion and that it was even considered a "second home" by Afghans.
 
He also outlined the motivation for talks with the US, the conditions in which they are prepared to negotiate and their vision for a new political order, and insisted that the Taliban are holding talks with Washington "on their own initiative".
 
"There is no role being played by any outside country. This has always been our own initiative and policy," he said.

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