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China reaffirms commitment for Afghan peace process – Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUL (Pajhwok) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said his country was willing to play a constructive role in Afghanistan’s peaceful reconstruction, according to More »

Pakistan happy to support SCO efforts for peaceful Afghanistan: PM Abbasi – Geo TV

SOCHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, speaking at the 16th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) Council of the Heads of Government (CHG), on Friday said Pakistan will be happy to contribute to SCO’s efforts towards building a stable and More »

 

Afghanistan on the brink: Can the Taliban negotiate with Kabul? – Herald

An Afghan security officer in Jalalabad, Afghanistan | AP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has offered the Taliban talks without preconditions and with the possibility of political recognition. And the US State Department has supported the announcement despite President Donald Trump earlier pointing towards an increase in military pressure on the insurgency. This comes amid reports released last year by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stating that the Taliban controlled or contested 43 per cent of Afghanistan’s districts.

The focus on what international actors can do to facilitate the process is warranted given their history of involvement in the country’s affairs. However, there is an equally urgent need to debate whether …. Read More on Herald

Polls, peace tents social pressure on Taliban: NATO – Pajhwok Afghan News

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A majority of the insurgents wants to reconcile, says NATO and US forces top commander in Afghanistan.

At the same, Gen. John Nicholson said pressure on the rebels was simultaneously maintained.

Addressing a gathering at the governor’s house in Kandahar City, the capital of southern Kandahar province, Nicholson said they would bring more diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to help bring peace to Afghanistan.

Diplomatic, military and social pressures on the insurgents would be …. Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

Taliban Rejects Ghani’s Call for Political Reconciliation -VOA News

FILE – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a panel discussion at Asia Society in New York, Sept. 20, 2017.

The Taliban has ruled out political reconciliation with the Afghan government and urged war-weary voters to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in the country, alleging the “fake” exercise is being staged at the behest of U.S.-led “foreign occupation” forces.

The statement comes in response to President Ashraf Ghani’s call on Saturday in which he invited the Taliban again to avail themselves of his offer of peace talks and join the October 20 elections in Afghanistan as a “political party.”

Ghani made his offer of unconditional peace talks in February, a move widely welcomed by domestic and international partners of …. Read More on VOA News

China factor in Afghan peace – The Nation

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Li Baodong, speaking at Tashkent Peace Conference on Afghanistan, extended China’s support to the inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He said China saw Afghanistan as an important partner under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project.

Although limited in the past, the Chinese interest in Afghanistan is now growing. Security and economics are major drivers for the increasing Chinese involvement in Afghanistan. China wants a stable Afghanistan with no potential threat to Chinese internal security and investments in the region. It wants to eradicate the basic support and infrastructure for carrying out militancy and extremism through development projects in the war-torn country. Unlike the United States, China does not support a…. Read More on The Nation

Working groups – Pak Observer

Pakistan more than any other country is interested in restoration of peace and stability in war-torn neighbouring country Afghanistan and is constantly supporting all direct and indirect efforts being made for ensuring normalization there at the earliest possible. It is good to note that Islamabad and Kabul have agreed to operationalise Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity Working Groups as per the understanding reached in this regard during the recent visit of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to Kabul.
According to media, PM Abbasi had led a delegation including National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua, Federal Ministers Khwaja Muhammad Asif and Ahsan Iqbal and KPK Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhaggra to Kabul on Friday last at the invitation of Afghan…. Read More on Pak Observer

A return to dialogue – The News

The vision of shared regional prosperity is undoubtedly linked to peace and security in the South Asian region – especially in Afghanistan, which has become the epicentre of terrorism that has a spillover effect on neighbouring countries like Pakistan.

Viewed in this context, the renewal of the dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan comes as a welcome development. This is because dialogue and continued…. Read More on The News

Pakistan, UN discuss regional peace – The Nation

ISLAMABAD  – Pakistan Thursday discussed regional peace with the United Nations.

Special Secretary UN Tasnim Aslam received the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Morislav Jenca at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two sides exchanged views on regional peace and security situation. Special Secretary briefed the Assistant Secretary General on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s policy of constructive engagement with Afghanistan, including the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Kabul, and Pakistan’s support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, the foreign ministry said in a statement.  The Special Secretary also briefed …. Read More on The Nation

News analysis: Pakistan-Afghanistan new dialogue mechanism raises hope for tension-free ties – Xinhuanet

ISLAMABAD, April 11 (Xinhua) — A recent decision by Pakistan and Afghanistan to operationalize a new mechanism for dialogue have raised hopes for bilateral comprehensive engagement on key issues including actions against irreconcilable elements in both countries.

During Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s visit to Kabul and official talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on April 6, both sides reached an agreement on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), a joint action plan for cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism and reduction of violence, peace and reconciliation, refugees’ repatriation and joint…. Read More on Xinhuanet