Taliban GDI team quietly visits Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD -- An Afghan Taliban delegation, comprising intelligence and security officials, quietly visited Islamabad recently to discuss a way forward towards addressing Pakistan's concerns regarding the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), sources said on Monday.

Taliban ranks in Kabul also confirmed that a mid-level delegation led by Abdullah Ghazanavi, the head of the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI), travelled to Pakistan for discussion on the TTP and threats to Pakistan.

The sources said the visit was a follow-up of last month's trip to Kabul by a high-powered delegation led by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif.

The delegation received a briefing on the steps taken by the Afghan government to deal with the TTP.

The Pakistani delegation, however, deemed those steps unsatisfactory and sought concerted actions.

Pakistan also confronted the Afghan Taliban leadership with proofs about the whereabouts of the TTP leadership.

During its stay in Islamabad, the sources said, the Afghan delegation met with the relevant authorities to discuss the security situation and the fate of the TTP and its affiliates.

A source in Kabul with the knowledge of matter told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity that the delegation, comprising 10 members form the Taliban's GDI, visited Islamabad last week.

The delegation was also assisted by GDI official Muhammad Wardak, the source said, adding that the delegation was mandated...

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