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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TFPI promotes practical strategies to help achieve peace. We present these strategies in our own briefings and through materials published in a range of outlets. TFPI network members have published widely and are regularly interviewed in mainstream media. Download a selection of recent writing and media on strategies for peace. 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 »

 

Return Of Afghan Refugees Key For Peace: Rahimi – Tolo News

President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for peace and state minister in peace affairs, Abdul Salam Rahimi, on Wednesday, told members of Afghanistan’s Senate that achieving peace will not be applicable unless all Afghan refugees living abroad return to the country.

Rahimi voiced support for the recent diplomatic efforts by the US and the Afghan politicians for engaging in meaningful talks with the Taliban.

“One of the conditions of the success of peace is the return of refugees to the country,” Rahimi said.

Some senators in the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of the Parliament, said they are skeptical about the nature of the US-Taliban talks and …. Read More on Tolo News

Return of Afghan refugees key for peace, says official – The News

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for peace and state minister in peace affairs, Abdul Salam Rahimi, on Wednesday, told members of Afghanistan’s Senate that achieving peace will not be applicable unless all Afghan refugees living abroad return to the country.

Rahimi voiced support for the recent diplomatic efforts by the US and the Afghan politicians for engaging in meaningful talks with the Taliban. “One of the conditions of the success of peace is the return of refugees to the country,” Rahimi said. Some senators in the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of the Parliament, said they are skeptical about the nature of the US-Taliban talks and hey see some sort of “confusion” in it.

“We are skeptical about the seven rounds of talks between the US and the Taliban. These talks have remained vague to us,” the Senate Speaker Fazl Hadi Muslimyar said. “Peace is a national process and it should not be monopolized by anyone,” said Ghairat Baheer, a Senator. This comes a week after the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad wrapped up his … Read More on The News

Taliban, US set to hold crucial round of Afghan peace talks – The News

ISLAMABAD: The United States and the Taliban are scheduled to hold a crucial round of negotiations in Qatar early this week amid high expectations of a breakthrough in nearly a year-long process towards ending the war in Afghanistan.

This would be the seventh round of talks hosted by the Qatari capital of Doha, where the insurgent group maintains an informal political office. The US team is being led by Afghan-born American reconciliation envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad.

The dialogue, which excludes the Afghan government, has focused on the withdrawal of American forces from the country in exchange for Taliban assurances that transnational terrorists …. Read More on The News

What Did the Intra-Afghan Dialogue Accomplish? – The Diplomat

On July 7 and 8, a broad delegation of representatives from Afghan society partook in an intra-Afghan dialogue session with the Taliban militant group. The talks in the Qatari capital, which were jointly organized by the Gulf state and Germany, marked the first time that such a diverse group formally engaged in dialogue with the Taliban. The Afghan delegation was composed of nearly 50 individuals from across society, including civil society activists, journalists, representatives of political parties, and several individuals working for the administration of President Ashraf Ghani. Further, a substantial number of the participants were women, meeting a demand by many in Afghanistan and the international community alike that women be able to engage with the Taliban. However, all participants attended in their personal capacities, not as representatives of organizations that they are affiliated with. In doing so, the Taliban was able to meet with … Read More on The Diplomat

Big three recognise Pakistan’s role in Afghan reconciliation – Daily Times

Pakistan was invited to the big three forum by China, Russia and the United States on Afghan Peace Process in Beijing on July 10-11 in recognition of what is seen Islamabad’s indispensable role in Afghan peace process.

The joint statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting said China, Russia, and the US welcomed Pakistan joining the consultation and believe that “Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan.”

The Afghan peace process has entered the most critical phase as the peace negotiations are due to begin soon after announcement of the US Taliban peace deal.

Additional Secretary at the Foreign Office Muhemmed Aejaz, who represented Pakistan in the meeting, tweeted that Pakistan offered its “continued support for all efforts to … Read More on Daily Times

Peace Possible If It Is Based On Afghan Constitution: Envoy – Tolo News

French Ambassador to Afghanistan David Martinon at a ceremony on Bastille Day in Kabul on Monday said that reconciliation in Afghanistan is possible if it is based on the Afghan Constitution which according to him is a common treasure for the people of Afghanistan. 

“For the first time, a dialogue has started between Afghans,” he said. “We believe a reconciliation is possible, if it is based on the constitution of the Republic.”

Referring to the role of France in the war on terror in Afghanistan, Martinon said that at least 400 soldiers were once in the country and they were withdrawn in 2013.

“France joined the operations at the very beginning, in 2001, participating to the Naval operation. In January 2002, 400 French soldiers … Read More on Tolo News

Four-party meeting supports Afghan peace, reconciliation process: China – Business Recorder

BEIJING: A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that the senior US, Chinese, Russian and Pakistani officials in a meeting held here last week had expressed support for the Afghan reconciliation process, which was broadly inclusive and supported by all relevant parties.

“What I want to say is that the Chinese side and the other three parties all support the Afghan reconciliation process, which is broadly inclusive and supported by the all relevant parties,” Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing while responding to a question about the four-party meeting on Afghanistan peace process held in Beijing last week.

He said that it was agreed to strengthen communication and coordination and jointly promote the process of peace, reconstruction and reconciliation in … Read More on Business Recorder

US, Russia, China, Pakistan favour permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan: Khalilzad – Dawn

WASHINGTON: The United States, Russia, China and Pakistan have endorsed the need for a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan, which should start simultaneously with the intra-Afghan talks, says US reconciliation envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

Mr Khalilzad, who leads the US team in the Doha talks with the Taliban, also represented Washington in the four-party meeting on the Afghan peace process, held in the Chinese capital on July 10-11.

This was the third meeting of the forum, which included China, Russia, and the United States but has now been expanded to add Pakistan, acknowledging that “Pakistan can play an important … Read More on Dawn