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Many Afghans, especially minority Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks, are reluctant to strike any deal with the predominantly Pashtun Taliban.

A former Afghan official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing fears for his safety, said the majority of Afghans do not want to see the Taliban get a seat at the table in Kabul.

“History has taught us not to trust the word of the Taliban. Any deals they strike with Karzai won’t be worth the paper they are written on,” the former Afghan official said.

“What happens when the Americans leave? Karzai will be hanging from a lamppost,” he said, referring to the fate of former Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah, who was executed by the Taliban in 1996.