Six-member Taliban team in Pakistan ahead of peace talks with US

Taliban ride on a motorbike as they celebrate ceasefire in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 04, 2018, 02.31 PM (IST)

Ahead of a new round of peace talks with the US, Taliban has summoned its political envoys to Pakistan for an internal summit with its leaders in Pakistan. 

The Taliban's key political leadership is in Pakistan for a conference even as the US is making fresh moves towards bringing the terror group to the negotiating table.

A six-member Taliban team landed in Pakistan on Monday evening on the directives of Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhunzada. 

US President Donald Trump yesterday wrote a letter to Imran Khan asking for help in Afghan peace talks. 

Sources say the team from the Taliban's Doha office will hold consultations with Taliban leaders in the country ahead of a possible new round of talks with the US to initiate a peace process in Afghanistan. 

The development comes even as a US diplomat heading America's peace moves with the terror group is in the country. 

Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief US diplomat leading the peace process is in Pakistan as part of his eight-nation tour. 

Khalilzad has already spoken to senior Taliban officials as he tries to bring them to the negotiating table.

The Taliban leaders' visit to Pakistan also comes close on the heels of Trump's letter to prime minister Imran Khan seeking his country's help to end the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan.

Trump has in the past berated the Pakistani leadership for failing the u.S. In Afghanistan. Last month, he slammed Islamabad, saying Pakistan had not done  "a damn thing" for the US.