Pakistan said it will release more members of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement in a bid to help the U.S. and Afghan governments start meaningful negotiations with insurgents to end a decade-old conflict.
A Taliban suicide bomber waited for days in Kabul to meet and kill Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan’s top official pursuing talks with the guerrilla movement, a member of the government’s peace body said.
The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, chairman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, dealt a blow to the government’s negotiations with the Taliban and fraying relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.
The assassin of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former Afghan president and peace negotiator, was a Pakistani, President Hamid Karzai’s office said today, citing the conclusions of a panel that investigated the murder.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Pakistan will suffer “dire consequences” if it fails to “contain” terrorists operating from its soil, and it needs the U.S. and Afghanistan to help get the job done.