Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his country seeks the support of the Islamic Emirate in peace talks with the Tehreek-i- Taliban of Pakistan.
After the collapse of the former government in Afghanistan, dozens of fighters related to the group Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were reportedly released as the forces of the Islamic Emirate broke into prisons and released inmates, including high-profile criminals and militants.
Khan made the remarks in an interview with the Turkish media outlet TRT World News on Friday.
"There are different groups which form the TTP and some of them want to talk to our government for peace. So, we are in talks with them. It's a reconciliation process," Khan said.
While asked if the Islamic Emirate was mediating the negotiations between the government of Pakistan and Pakistani Taliban, Khan said: “The talks were taking place in Afghanistan, so in that sense, yes."
The Islamic Emirate has yet to comment on the talks, but the Pakistani media quoted some sources within the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan as saying the group will not engage in negotiations with Islamabad.