Quetta Shura Reviews Afghan Peace Talks

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Members of the Taliban leadership council, known as Quetta Shura, have reportedly reviewing Afghan peace process days after an Afghan delegation convinced Pakistani government to release senior Taliban officials as a confidence-building measure to bring Taliban to the negotiation table.

A member of the Shura, who didn't want to be named, has told Pakistani daily, The Nation, that the Taliban leadership council has welcomed new efforts by the Afghan and Pakistani governments.

President Hamid Karzai sent a delegation of High Peace Council members, led by Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, to Islamabad to seek Pakistani officials support for the peace process. Pakistani government released eight ex-Taliban officials, including Taliban justice minister Noorudin Toorabi.

An ex-Taliban leader, Mohammad Akbar Agha, who lives in Kabul, said it would be effective if the Quetta Shura has changed its view regarding the peace process.

"If the comments by the Shura member represents the perspective of the whole council, it would be effectual for peace talks," Mr Agha told TOLOnews.

Afghan High Peace Council has welcomed the comments by the Taliban council.

The Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, Mohammad Omar Daudzai, earlier said that the Pakistani government has agreed to a gradual release of all Taliban prisoners in Pakistan.

Islamabad's role is considered as key to bring the Taliban to the negotiation table.

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