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Sunday, August 12, 2012

By Abdulaziz Ibrahimi and Michael Georgy






KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghan officials have held secret talks with the Taliban's former second in command who is in detention in Pakistan in a move which could help rekindle stalled peace talks with the insurgents, according to senior officials from both countries.



Afghan officials have often seen Pakistan as a reluctant partner in attempts to broker talks with the Taliban but its decision to grant access to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar may signal Islamabad's willingness to play a more active role.



Rangin Spanta, the national security adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and an architect of peace-building efforts, said an Afghan delegation had met Baradar in Pakistan two months ago.



Baradar has been in detention since he was captured in a joint operation by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence agents i

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Added: Aug-12-2012 Occurred On: Aug-12-2012
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