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Belt and Road

Pakistan bets on talks with rebels to quell Belt and Road worries

US withdrawal from Afghanistan prompts PM Khan to reopen Baloch dialogue

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan hopes to woe Baloch insurgents to negotiations as tensions mount on the heels of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/AP)

KARACHI -- The Pakistan government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched a rare dialogue with separatists opposing China's Belt and Road initiative as it braces for possibly more instability in the region after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Khan said last week that he is considering negotiations with Baloch insurgents in the southwestern part of the nation. The prime minister said that rebels might still be upset with the government due to unresolved grievances, or that India may be using them to spread terror in Pakistan. Later, the cabinet approved negotiations with the insurgents but warned that the government would not deal with any groups directly linked to India.

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