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Afghan Govt offers Taliban power-sharing deal to end violence, says report

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Talibans patrolling in Ghazni city of Kabul. File Photo

The negotiators of the government of Afghanistan in Qatar have offered the Taliban a power-sharing deal in return for an end to fighting in the country, a source privy to the development told news agency AFP on Thursday.

“Yes, the government has submitted a proposal to Qatar as mediator. The proposal allows the Taliban to share power in return for a halt in violence in the country,” the report quoted the source further saying.

As per reports, the militant group now controls 65% of Afghanistan and has taken or threatens to take 11 provincial capitals, a senior EU official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

All entry points to Kabul, which lies in a valley surrounded by mountains, are choked with civilians fleeing elsewhere, a Western security source in the city told Reuters, making it hard to tell whether Taliban fighters were also entering.

On Wednesday officials said Taliban seized three more provincial capitals in Afghanistan and a local army headquarters, AP reported.

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