About TFPI

About TFPI

TFPI has been registered in UK and Pakistan. TFPI is a network of concerned idealists who want to make a tangible contribution to achieving peace. We promote the use of dialogue and political engagement, backed up by practical interventions to improve people’s lives, as a way of transforming conflict. More »



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Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

Accord – Incremental peace in Afghanistan – Conciliation Resources

A radical new approach is needed in Afghanistan to build peace step-by-step. There needs to be a move beyond peace rhetoric, through a progressive, step-by-step process towards a political settlement which builds stability, confidence and legitimacy over time. The short-term objective More »

The Taliban’s Battle Plan By Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs

The Taliban’s Battle Plan By Michael Semple – Foreign Affairs

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ envoy for Afghan reconciliation, has breathed new life into attempts to conduct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Having met with Taliban representatives in More »


Khalilzad regularly briefed Ghani on US-Taliban talks: Afghan official – The News

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad had regularly briefed President Ashraf Ghani by phone calls on a daily basis during the talks with Taliban in Qatar, a senior official of the High Peace Council acknowledged at a press conference on Sunday.

“About the issue that how much the Afghan government was in the loop about the US-Taliban talks in Qatar… based on my judgment, it (the Afghan government) was in the loop. Mr. (Zalmay) Khalilzad had contacted President (Ashraf) Ghani at least once every day and had briefed …. Read More on The News

Khalilzad to host Russian, Chinese, and EU envoys for talks on Afghanistan – Khaama Press

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will host Russian, Chinese, and European Union envoys for talks on Afghanistan.

“Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will host his counterparts Presidential Special Representative Ambassador Zamir Kabulov of Russia, Special Envoy Ambassador Deng Xijun of China, and Special Envoy Ambassador Roland Kobia of the European Union at the Department of State for talks on March 21 and 22,” the Department of State said in a statement.

The statement further added that “Discussion topics include: international support for the Afghan peace process, the role each party …. Read More on Khaama Press


On Mar. 12, the United States and the Taliban finished their longest set of talks to date. After 16 days of negotiations, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, tweeted that “peace requires agreement on four issues: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire … We’re now ‘agreed in draft’ on the first two.” This is a positive development, as previously the two sides had been only “agreed in principle.” The next step is for both sides to consult with decision-makers and seek their approval of the draft agreement so as to finalize it. This would presumably pave the way for direct talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government to address the remaining two issues.

While there have been numerous attempts at negotiations throughout the war in Afghanistan, these talks have made by far the most progress to date. They have also engendered the most handwringing, concern, and pushback. Some of the worries surrounding these talks stem from legitimate …. Read More on War on The Rocks

China-Pakistan FMs hold strategic dialogue, undertake in-depth discussions of bilateral relations – Business Recorder

BEIJING: China and Pakistan Tuesday held strategic dialogue and undertook in-depth discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations, including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), trade, investment and economic cooperation, people-to-people contacts and regional and international issues.

The dialogue was co-chaired by State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi for China and Minister of Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi for Pakistan.

The two foreign ministers reaffirmed their time-tested and all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and agreed to maintain …. Read More on Business Recorder

China, US must work together in Afghanistan – Asia Times

Afghanistan has been in a state of war for the past four decades. The USSR, the US and its allies have destroyed the whole country. Sophisticated weapons were live-tested and used widely. The US tested and used the biggest conventional bomb in human history. The latest technology and the most advanced tactics were used in the Afghan war by all foreign forces. Infrastructure was damaged, housed were wiped out, and millions of people were either killed, wounded or made homeless.

A large percentage of the country’s citizens were forced to leave their homes and take refuge in neighboring countries or in safe areas in other parts of Afghanistan. The country’s agriculture has been destroyed. Because of heavy bombing and extensive use of explosives, biodiversity has been adversely affected. Environmental pollution and climate change have also had adverse …. Read More on Asia Times

U.S. ending contacts with Afghan NSA over controversial remarks regarding peace efforts – Khaama Press

The United States is ending contacts with National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib over his controversial remarks regarding peace efforts, it has been reported.

Sources privy of the latest developments have told Reuters that the message was conveyed to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs David Hale.

American and Afghan sources have told Reuters that the U.S. officials have informed President Ghani that they will no longer deal …. Read More on Khaama Press

US to coordinate Afghan adjustments with Nato – Dawn

WASHINGTON: The United States will coordinate adjustments in its presence in Afghanistan with its Nato allies, says US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad.

The assurance follows media reports that Nato allies were upset with Washington for not involving them in the Afghan peace process, which includes a series of meetings between US and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar.

Mr Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, heads the American team in …. Read More on Dawn

Artifacts and tears: Afghans confront emotional costs of war – The Christian Science Monitor

A veteran of Afghanistan’s endless wars, Kabal Shah can only wipe away his tears when he frees his hand from one of his crutches, holding the metal support steady with the stump of his amputated leg.

Wearing a thick beard on his grizzled face and a wool shawl over his shoulder to ward off the late winter cold, Mr. Shah is part of the emotional outpouring at the opening of the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue – the first repository of four decades of victims’ memories to be systematically collected in the country.

The center is a project of the Afghan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), which since 2009 has sought to foster … Read More on The Christian Science Monitor