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After Talks With Taliban, Pakistani Leader Calls For Reduction of Violence

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) talks with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (fifth from left) during a meeting along with his delegation in Islamabad on December 18.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said after meeting Taliban representatives in Islamabad that he is concerned about “the high level of violence in Afghanistan.”

Khan’s office said on December 18 that he has called on “all sides for a reduction in violence leading to a cease-fire.”

The statement came as delegates from the Taliban’s Doha-based political office, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is concluding a three-day visit to Islamabad.

The Afghan government says the Taliban delegation traveled to Pakistan after consultations between Kabul and Islamabad.

Khan’s office said his talks with the Taliban delegation “focused on the progress in the Afghan peace process and way forward.”

It said Khan reiterated “Pakistan’s consistent support to an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement” to the war in Afghanistan.

It also said it was important for the negotiating parties to be “vigilant about the role of spoilers” who continue to “disrupt” and undermine the peace process.