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Taliban Political Chief Mullah Baradar To Visit Pakistan Days After Being Slapped With Sanctions

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Afghan Taliban Political Chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who also heads the Taliban’s political office in Qatar,  is due in Pakistan to discuss the Afghan peace process with Pakistani officials days after the government imposed sanctions on Baradar in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“An Afghan Taliban delegation headed by its political Chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is arriving in Pakistan tomorrow [Monday] to discuss peace process in Afghanistan on the invitation of Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs,” said Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s spokesman in Doha.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the Taliban leader based in Qatar who negotiated and signed a landmark peace deal with the United States in February to end the 19-year Afghan war.

Last week, Pakistan imposed sanctions on Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar and Haqqani Network chief Sirajuddin Haqqani.

According to the notification, “The federal government is pleased to order that the (UNSC) Resolution 2255 (2015) be fully implemented including in particular that individuals and entities listed … shall stand subjected to the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo in accordance with the aforesaid resolutions.”

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