KARACHI, Pakistan

The special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan on Friday held meetings with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership seeking Islamabad’s crucial help to strike a peace deal with the warring Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.   

Zalmay Khalilzad, visiting Islamabad for the record ninth time in a year, separately met the powerful Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi just hours after Washington announced a pause in already fragile peace talks following a brazen Taliban attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan earlier this week.

Khalilzad, along with Paul Jones, U.S. ambassador in Pakistan, met Bajwa

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