Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard near the Pakistan Afghan border crossing following fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban in SpinBoldak border area, in Chaman, Pakistan.

  • Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban were due to meet in Doha for talks on Saturday
  • Several high-ranking officials including former president Hamid Karzai and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah were heading to Doha on Friday afternoon.
  • Islamabad had touted a conference of regional leaders to address the spiralling violence.