Pakistan's former spymaster: Taliban leader is ready to talk
By Saeed Shah and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers Saeed Shah And Jonathan S. Landay, Mcclatchy Newspapers – Mon Jan 25, 7:16 pm ET
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — The U.S. must negotiate a political settlement to the Afghanistan war directly with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar because any bid to split the insurgency through defections will fail, said the Pakistani former intelligence officer who trained the insurgent chief.
Omar is open to such talks, asserted retired Brigadier Sultan Amir Tarar , a former operative of Pakistan's premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate . He is popularly known as Colonel Imam, whose exploits have gained him near-legendary status in central Asia .
"If a sincere message comes from the Americans, these people (the Taliban )
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