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Taliban charm offensive?

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The tide looks all set to turn in Afghanistan. And in a good way. For a start, Gen Bajwa was in Kabul for an official visit; his second such trip in nine months. This is to be welcomed. Demonstrating, as it does, pragmatic realism when it comes to bilateral security. This is particularly important given that this is an election year for both countries.

That being said, it was the Taliban who stole the show. This may be no bad thing.

Admittedly, there has been no forward movement on President Ghani’s peace amnesty. But the group has responded to the government’s unilateral Eid ceasefire by calling one of its own. This is an important development; the first of its kind. And signalling that the group is in it for the long-haul — it has called for direct talks........

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