PESHAWAR, 02 May: An Afghan delegation is schedule to leave for Qatar today to hold talks with Taliban leadership to hammer out a consensus decision for lasting peace in Afghanistan.

According to a foreign news agency, vice chief of the Afghan Peace Council has said that the negotiating team is consisted of 20 persons, including representatives of Afghanistan government, Taliban and Pakistan. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Afghan Taliban, has also confirmed that an eight-member team of Taliban would hold talks with Afghan government. This peace initiative has been taken by Nobel laureate Pagwash Conferences.

It will be pertinent to recall that Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif informed the Afghan president in February that Taliban leadership was ready to hold talks with them.

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