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AAN in the Media

‘Moderate’ Taliban talk peace despite dangers

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AFP/The Nation, 25 February 2014

The news agency reports on what it calls "a moderate faction of the Taliban" led by former minister Agha Jan Motassem that "is pushing hard for a new peace dialogue" and the killing of one of its leading members, Abdul Raqeeb, another former Taleban minister, in Peshawar last week. The article quotes AAN's Thomas Ruttig on Pakistan's role in such talks:

"Any Taliban who wants to negotiate without the consent of Pakistan might become a target. Pakistan is not necessarily against talks, but wants control of the process." 


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