Pakistan tells Taliban leaders to join peace talks or leave country

| Updated: Oct 24, 2016 18:33 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct. 24 (ANI): Pakistan-based Taliban leaders have reportedly been asked to join the Afghan peace talks or leave the country along with their family members. "The squeeze is continuing on them [the Taliban] and some have already left, or [are] leaving the country," said a senior Pakistani official. According to the report, the latest crackdown by Islamabad has forced the Taliban leaders based in Qatar to send a delegation to Islamabad to take up the issue with Pakistani officials , reports the Khaama Press. Earlier, reports emerged that the Taliban delegation had visited Islamabad to brief the Pakistani officials regarding the secret informal talks between the group and Afghan officials. This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban group leaders to use its soil for executing attacks in Afghanistan which causes most of the casualties to the ordinary Afghan civilians. (ANI)