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Pakistani PM Pledges Support for Taliban Talks

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged to support Afghanistan's efforts to seek peace with the Taliban.

The prime minister says he will help Afghan negotiators meet with former Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who lives in Pakistan.

Mr. Sharif commented on Saturday at the end of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.

The one-day visit was Mr. Sharif's first trip to the city since taking office in June.

Afghan officials believe Baradar's participation is key to bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.



Pakistani authorities released Baradar from detention in September, but he still lives in the country.

Peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban are seen as crucial, as NATO forces prepare to leave Afghanistan by the end of next year.

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