There is a view that the post-Omar situation in the Taliban — especially if the divisions within grow sharper — might provide an opening that New Delhi could use to engage with independent-minded factions.
The two told The Associated Press that the Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader.
Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Mullah Omar died in a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi in April 2013.
Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said that Mullah Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released.
At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.
The ice-breaking talks started on July 7 when the warring sides held their first open and direct talks at Pakistan’s hill resort of Murree near capital Islamabad.
“If we look into our religious regulations, we can find that meetings and even peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited,” he said in his message on the eve of Eid.
Ghani praised Pakistan’s efforts and reiterated his own priorities to have a “permanent peace in Afghanistan.
The Taliban did not issue any official acknowledgment that the talks had taken place.
The attacker detonated a lorry loaded with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Taliban militants have increased their attacks on Afghan security forces since launching their annual spring offensive.
Afghan forces have been stretched, tested, and faced operational challenges since taking on full security responsibilities following an end to the US and NATO combat mission.
In beating back Monday’s attackers, Afghan forces showed they might yet stand and deliver — concerted international action, however, remains key.
Taliban captured Chardara on Sunday and Dashti Archi on Monday, both districts of the Kunduz province. No precise account of casualties were given but locals are said to be trapped in the district.
The explosion struck as lawmakers were seen leaving the Afghanistan parliament. Police said there were four large explosions.