Pakistan Foreign Office. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 30 July: The Pakistan Foreign Office said on Thursday that the second round of talks between the Afghan government and Taliban has been postponed.

The Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said the second round of talks was scheduled to be held on Friday but it has been postponed after rumours about the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar. He said the talks have been postponed on the request of the Afghan Taliban.

Mr Khalilullah said Pakistan and friendly countries hope that the Afghan Taliban will soon agree for resumption of talks in best interest of peace in Afghanistan.

Prior to postponement of the talks in Pakistan, the Taliban Qatar office announced dissociation from the negotiations process.

The first round of talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives was held in Murree in the month of Ramazan. Both the sides had agreed to move the talks process forward during the Murree meeting.

Compiled from media reports

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