Ex Afghan prez Hamid Karzai meets Taliban commander Anas Haqqani: Reports
According to the Taliban source, Karzai was accompanied by the previous government's top peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah.
Anas Haqqani, a Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network terrorist organisation, visited former Afghan President Hamid Karzai for discussions on Wednesday, according to a Taliban official, amid the Taliban's efforts to create a government. According to the Taliban source, Karzai was accompanied by the previous government's top peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah.
The Haqqani Network is a vital part of the Taliban, who took control of Kabul on Sunday. The network, situated near the Pakistani border, has been suspected of carrying out some of Afghanistan's worst terrorist strikes in recent years.
The Taliban is attempting to establish an “open, inclusive Islamic government” in Afghanistan. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the new administration would be "positively different" from the one that reigned from 1996 to 2001 and was notorious for stonings, banning girls from education, and prohibiting women from working in contact with males.