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Senators want HIA-like peace talks with Taliban

Senators want HIA-like peace talks with Taliban

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Oct 23, 2016 - 19:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of senators on Sunday voiced support for the government-initiated peace process but stressed such negotiations should be only intra-Afghan.

Following the successful peace talks between the government and the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA), there were reports about talks between Talibaninfo-icon and Afghanistan government representatives in Qatar. The Doha-based Taliban also sent a delegation to Pakistaninfo-icon.  

However, the Taliban denied holding peace talks with the Afghan government but accepted their delegation visited Pakistan for resolving Afghan refugees’ issues.

The renewed push to revive the peace talks with Taliban was discussed during Sunday’s Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or upper house of parliament session.

Senator Mohammad Asif Sidiqi said: “The Taliban delegation’s visit to Islamabad is not in the interest of Afghans. The Afghan government should pave the way for reconcilable insurgents based on intra-Afghan negotiations like with the HIA.”  

He said Pakistan once again renewed peace talks offer to buy time for Taliban being defeated in different parts of the country. He said the rebels were no longer able to fight against Afghan security forces.  

A Pakistani official had said the government and HIA peace deal has encouraged other anti-Afghan government insurgent groups to arrive at the negotiation table.

According to Sidiqi, the Afghan government kept open its doors to all reconcilable insurgent groups. “We should not again give the Taliban an opportunity to re-equip and finance themselves.”

Nadar Baloch, another senator, while speaking of the Taliban delegation’s visit to Pakistan, said the country was using ‘peace talks’ name to alter Afghan security forces’ attention and to create hurdles to them in conducting operations against insurgents.

Nisar Haris, another upper house member, voiced support for the peace process and said the peace negotiations with insurgents should be intra-Afghan.

“The government has earlier decided not to negotiate with Pakistan but a Pakistani military delegation is set to enter Kabul soon and I want the Meshrano Jirga to issue a statement and prevent them from coming to Afghanistan because the country has never been sincere with Afghanistan’s quest for peace.”

Farhad Sakhi, the 1st deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, said:“I also support the peace negotiations with insurgents, and the Afghanistan’s peace doors are open to all and we welcome them to the country to live in a peaceful environmentinfo-icon.”

He also opposed peace negotiations with insurgents by involving Pakistan. “Pakistan cannot befriend and we shouldn’t again witness bad experience with the country.”

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