Pakistani cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman to visit Kabul next week at Taliban’s invitation
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party in Pakistan, said on Monday that he will visit Kabul next week at the invitation of the Taliban.
Rehman said that the purpose of the visit is to improve relations between the Taliban and Pakistan and to build trust between the two countries.
He told reporters in a press conference in the Dir Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that the Taliban ambassador had come to his home and formally invited him to visit Afghanistan. However, the visit was delayed due to the ongoing elections in Pakistan.
Rehman, who is close to the Taliban, said that Afghanistan and Pakistan share the same religion, ethnicity, and culture. He said that he is traveling to Kabul to end the mistrust between the Taliban and Pakistan.
The visit is seen as a significant step towards improving relations between the two countries. Rehman is a powerful figure in Pakistan and his visit could help to build trust between the Taliban and the Pakistani government.
The Taliban has been trying to improve its relations with Pakistan since it took control of Afghanistan in August 2021. The two countries have a long history of cooperation, but relations have been strained in recent years.
The Pakistani government is concerned about the Taliban’s human rights record and its ties to terrorist groups. However, Pakistan also needs Afghanistan to be stable and secure in order to prevent the spread of instability into its own borders
Rehman’s visit is likely to be followed by other high-level meetings between the Taliban and Pakistan. The two countries are expected to discuss a range of issues, including security, trade, and economic cooperation.