What Role Will Pakistan Play in Taliban Peace Talks?

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Souce: The American Conservative

The country gave Osama bin Laden and the Taliban a safe haven for years. Can they be an honest broker now?

Irfan Siddiqui, member committee appointed to conduct talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTB) and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and TTP committee member and senior religious party leader Maulana Sami-ul-Haq in peace talks back in 2014. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Pakistan was never held to account for its role in sheltering Osama bin Laden, or offering refuge to terrorists as they organized attacks on American forces across the border in Afghanistan. Now, on the eve of a historic peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban, the time may finally have come for Washington to reckon with Pakistan.

For the last 12 years, Pakistan gave the Taliban a “safe haven,” allowing them to reorganize and mount attacks, Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the U.S., says in an interview with The American Conservative. 

“When the Taliban comes for these peace talks, where do they fly from? What planes are they flying on? Whose passports do they use for international travel? …They’re not traveling on Iranian or U.S. passports; they’re using Pakistani passports,” says

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