Published:  12:20 AM, 11 October 2017

Pakistan vows to restart Afghan peace process

Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16, reports Dawn.

Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA Urdu in Washington last week that Pakistan would play a leading role in this quadrilateral session, aimed at bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table. The Quadrilateral Cooperation Group first met in January 2016 and has had five sessions so far, the last being held in May 2016 in Murree.

The process was plagued by problems from the beginning. First the Taliban refused to join it unless given the same status as the Afghan government. When they were persuaded to attend, relations between Kabul and Islamabad strained.

The first four meetings, however, did show some progress. China's participation was particularly encouraging as both Pakistan and Afghanistan set aside their acrimony to welcome China.

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