The release of three of the five Indian hostages follows key meetings between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad.
Several local and international media outlets had reported that prime minister Khan and the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), led by its head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, discussed the Afghan peace process during a meeting.
Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are underway in Doha. After avoiding the Taliban for long, India must now accept reality and engage with it. At stake are vital interests in Afghanistan.