Pakistan's Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Faiz Hameed met former Afghanistan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Sunday. According to sources, the ISI chief met Hekmatyar last night after holding a meeting with other Taliban leaders.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is the chief of the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin party and has served as the prime minister of Afghanistan twice during the 1990s. He continues to be a prominent player in Afghan politics, especially with the Taliban finalising the new government.
Hameed led a delegation of senior Pakistani officials to Kabul to discuss the 'future of security, economic and trade ties' between the two countries. However, sources have claimed that Hameed has reached Kabul to assist in the Taliban government formation.
Hameed's visit to Afghanistan marks the first high-level visit of any Pakistani official to Afghanistan since the Taliban took over of Kabul on August 15. Since then, the Taliban have been trying to form a government but so far have held back the announcement.
The visit by the ISI chief comes weeks after he was seen offering prayers with the Taliban leadership after the fall of Kabul. The viral images also included Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Sheikh Abdul Hakim, who is the Taliban's former shadow chief justice.