Federal Minister for Defence Khwaja Muhammad Asif--A file photo.

PESHAWAR, 7 August: Federal Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has said that neither Mullah Muhammad Omer, former supreme commander of Afghan Taliban, died nor buried in Pakistan.

Giving a policy statement on arranging peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban militants at the National Assembly, he said that their meeting in Murree held on July 7, was not the first round of negotiations but the second one. The first round of talks was held in China, he informed the parliamentarians.

He added that in the backdrop of the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death the talks were postponed not ended. He also made it clear that Pakistan has no control over Afghan Taliban, however he hastened to admit that Pakistan enjoys good relations with some of the Taliban groups which Pakistan used to make them sit around the negotiating table.


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