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    The Pakistani army chief and the Afghan leadership have agreed to take joint action against the Taliban group and other insurgents refusing to engage in the intra-Afghan peace process, Pakistani military spokesman said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif met with the Afghan leaders in Kabul with an aim to contribute to the peace talks between the government and regional militant groups.

    "Agreed that [the sides] would pursue peace and recon with Taliban Groups willing to join the process," Pakistan army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

    The operations against militant groups, which would continue to pursue violence, will be conducted under a "mutually agreed framework," he said.

    ​The sides also reaffirmed commitment to actions in a previously agreed quadrilateral framework that involves Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States.

    Formed in the 1990s, the Taliban seeks to enforce sharia law in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group is known for numerous terrorist attacks against authorities and civilians in both countries.

    Afghanistan is in political and social turmoil, with the Taliban and other extremist factions such as Islamic State (IS, or Daesh in Arabic, outlawed in Russia) taking advantage of instability in the country.

    Islamabad has been an active mediator in Afghan peace talks. In July, Pakistan hosted a first round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgents, which were followed by a number of reconciliation meetings, but stalled later.

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