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Peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated in his home. Photograph: S Sabawoon/EPA
The Afghan government is prepared to resume negotiations with the Taliban despite the assassination of its chief peace envoy, Burhanuddin Rabbani, the senior official responsible for organising the talks has said.

Masoom Stanekzai said talks would restart on condition that the insurgents established a political office first.

Stanekzai was standing next to Rabbani when the former president was killed in his home by an assassin with a bomb concealed in his turban on 20 September. Shrapnel pierced Stanekzai’s lung, left arm and both legs.

In his first interview since leaving hospital last week, Stanekzai, who runs the secretariat of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC), said attempts to engage the Taliban in peace talks would continue as soon as Rabbani’s successor had been chosen. He added: “There is no alternative to peace.”

He said a consultative assembly, or Loya Jirga, had come to the same conclusion on Saturday, but stressed: “[The insurgents] should talk from a clear address.

“They can’t say we are here and there, somewhere hiding, when nobody clearly understands whether [the person they are negotiating with] is an

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