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New Taliban Leader Unlikely To Pursue Peace Talks

The recent U.S airstrike targeting Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, and the appointment of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as the new Supreme Leader have raised important questions regarding the development of an More »

 

Afghan Government Adopts New Strategy to Reach Reconciliation With Taliban – Sputnik

As the Afghan government struggles to deal with instability in the country, it prepared a plan envisaging direct talks with the Taliban in order to reach reconciliation.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The High Peace Council (HPC), the Afghan government body set up for negotiations with the Taliban, has defined a new settlement strategy that rules out participation of the third countries in the peace talks process, local media reported Sunday citing the… Read More on Sputnik

Peace to pave way for foreign troop pull-out : Zakhilwal – Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal believes peace alone can pave the ground for foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Zakhilwal made the remarks on Sunday in reaction to the removal of Gulbadin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), from the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) blacklist.

“On February 3, the Security Council Committee, pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015), removed his name from…  Read More on Pajhwok

Can Hekmatyar deal help bring peace to Afghanistan? -Geo News

Although the name of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, emir of the Hizb-e-Islami group, has been dropped from the list of blacklisted individuals by the United Nations’ Security Council, uncertainty still prevails and chances of peace in Afghanistan are bleak because of several reasons, including divisions at the local, national, and international level which are yet to be overcome.

The kind of international support shown by the developments today is likely to increase the worth of President Ashraf Ghani and his coalition government, which was not taken seriously by the local rival groups and the international community.

It was a general perception that the Ghani government was not capable or independent enough to decide about the peace and stability related… Read More on Geo News

Afghan reconciliation: UN lifts sanctions on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -The Express Tribune

KABUL: The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on former Afghan warlord and Hizb-e-Islami chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded ‘a global terrorist’ and accused of war crimes.

The move follows a peace deal between Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami and the Afghan government in September that granted him legal immunity from past offences, sparking… Read More on The Express Tribune

Ready for Peace? The Afghan Taliban after a Decade of War -RUSI Paper

By Theo Farrell and Michael Semple                              https://rusi.org         Copy of the Post in PDF

 

Despite high-profile success on the battlefield, interviews with Taliban personnel reveal substantial discord within the group.

This briefing paper argues that:

  • The Taliban movement is in disarray. The new leader, Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, is widely viewed as weak and ineffective.
  • Several factions within the Taliban are vying for power. The Mansour network, which is based in Helmand and claims to be backed by Iran and Russia, has risen to become the most dynamic ….  Read more on Rusi.org

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Pakistan, UK agree on continuous efforts towards Afghan reconciliation process -Samaa News

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz received the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Dominic Jermey on Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Jermey was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew. The two sides discussed the peace and security situation in Afghanistan.

The adviser shared with the ambassador, Pakistan’s success in counter terrorism and its willingness … Read More on Samaa news

Pakistan committed to Afghan-led reconciliation process: Nawaz -Daily times

DAVOS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his government had achieved economic stability and turned around the country’s economy in a short span of three years. He was talking to the Group Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, Jean Charlie, in Davos on the sidelines of the 47th World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.

The prime minister said his government was pursuing a comprehensive reforms agenda, besides successfully delivering on the major objectives of combating terrorism, economy and power shortages. Jean Charlie said he was seeking public private partnership for working with the government on education and…. Read More on Dailytimes

Pakistan supports Afghan-led peace, reconciliation: Gen Bajwa -The News International

RAWALPINDI:  Commander United States Central Command (CETNCOM) General Joseph L Votel called on Chief of The Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday, said a statement issued by the Inter-Service Public Relations.

“Matters of mutual interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed,” said the statement.

The army chief said Pakistan supports and looks forward to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation.

“Blame game is detrimental to enduring peace and stability,” said he while referring to recent terrorists attacks in Afghanistan which followed rhetoric “from certain factions” implicating Pakistan.

General Bajwa said Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and color and “there are no safe havens inside Pakistan to… Read More on “The News International”

Afghan High Peace Council: Imminent Meeting between Government and Taliban -ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kabul- Sheikh Ahmed Gailani, chairman of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, said that efforts will be made during the upcoming period to hold a meeting between the government and Taliban for the purpose of achieving reconciliation.

Gailani said that hopes are pinned on Riyadh’s role in the success of the reconciliation because Saudi Arabia is the state of Islam and the Two Holy Mosques.

“There have been solid relations between the kingdom and Afghanistan since the post-Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – Saudi Arabia continued to support the Afghan people during this period, after it and until the lining up of the transitional government,” Gailani told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He added that the Afghan government asked the kingdom to take part in the reconciliation process because it represents an important…. Read More on Ashara Al-Awsat

The situation of human rights in Afghanistan and technical assistance achievements in the field of human rights – Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/34/41) – Reliefweb

Summary

The present report is being submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 2/113 and resolution 14/15. It describes the human rights situation in Afghanistan from January to November 2016 and provides an overview of the core work and technical assistance conducted by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report focuses on the five principal areas of work of the Unit, namely: protection of civilians in armed conflict; human rights and the protection of children in armed conflict; the elimination of violence against women, increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and security, and gender equality; the prevention of torture and… Read More on Reliefweb