Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

IS emergence in Afghanistan – Pakistan Observer

THE so-called Islamic State (IS or Daesh) is a militant organisation which is successor to Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and is involved in terrorist activities in Iraq, Syria Middle East and other regions of Europe, Africa, South and South East Asia. Afghanistan’s political instability, poor economy and weak security apparatus has provided breeding grounds for IS to establish its foothold in Afghanistan. Since 2014, IS has taken advantage of security vacuum in Afghanistan and has gained grounds in Afghanistan especially in the Nangarhar Province and also along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.
The branch of the IS active in Afghanistan calls itself as the IS of Khorasan province (ISKP). The IS in Afghanistan was formed by former Taliban defectors and other local factions who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. IS differs from Taliban in their ideology, mode of strategy and area of influence, etc. IS is considered as an outside force in Afghanistan because of its lack of respect for Afghanhistory and its policy of extreme brutality with the local people in Afghanistan. US General John Nicholas, the top commander of US and NATO troops… Read More on Pakistan Observer

Afghanistan Awaits US President’s Strategy – VOA News

FILE – An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier keeps watch during a patrol in Dand Ghori district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan. March 15, 2016.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his policy for Afghanistan before the end of this month, amid growing concerns about the increasing presence of Islamic State and other terrorists groups in the region.

Trump’s move to give more authority to the Pentagon is welcomed across the board, from U.S. army officials to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

U.S. lawmakers have many issues to consider, but a new policy in Afghanistan has been one of the most talked-about topics in Afghan and Pakistani media since Trump took office.

Analysts are divided over the probability the Trump administration plans a major policy shift in Afghanistan. However, the… Read More on VOA News

Hekmatyar takes swipe at self-centered alliances -Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami (HIA) Afghanistan chief on Thursday said new political alliances were being formed by individuals seeking more power and benefits from the government.

A statement from the HIA office said Gulbadin Hekmatyar expressed the view during a meeting with the Afghanistan Youth Development Society (AYDS) in Kabul.

Hekmatyar opined alliances should not be formed to seek personal gains in the framework of political groupings. The HIA, however, would support each coalition working for peace, he promised.

All parties should do their best to end the conflict and uphold Afghan and Islamic values, he stressed, urging heads of political groups to help promote national reconciliation.

He believed the people of Afghanistan could resolve their disputes, saying outsiders, including… Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

Journalists in Afghanistan’s Northeast strategize on media’s role in advancing peace – Reliefweb

KUNDUZ – In the northeast region of Afghanistan, the UN is working on an initiative to leverage the power of local radio and television to build support among communities for reducing conflict, fighting corruption and advancing peace.

In an event this week, the Kunduz regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) brought senior journalists together from Kunduz and Takhar provinces to discuss ways to build stronger community ties in an area of the country where the conflict has taken an especially heavy toll on normal life.

The challenges the journalists face in Afghanistan’s northeast are similar to those in other areas of the country, with insecurity ranking at the top of the list along with the spread of misinformation.

Altogether, nine journalists, three of them women, attended the symposium, the first of four such meetings planned with media professionals in the northeastern provinces through the weeks ahead. The main aim of the gatherings is to discuss issues around local conflict, including corruption, and….  Read More on Reliefweb

Sami-ul-Haq offers conditional support to Afghan peace process – The Nation

The leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S) Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has offered a conditional support for the peace process in Afghanistan, reported Khaama Press.

According to a statement released by Maula Sami’s office, the leader of the party has said he is prepared to support the Afghan peace process but the foreign forces must leave the country first.

He has reportedly made the remarks during a meeting with the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan.

The statement further added that the Afghan ambassador met with Maulana Sami to play his part in encouraging the Afghan Taliban to peace talks, considering his influential role.

In the meantime, Maulana Sami has called on the government of Pakistan to reconsider its policies in Afghanistan, claiming that India is taking advantage from the ongoing situation in the region.

Maulana Sami is the founder of Haqqani Madrasa in Pakistan from where several key Taliban leaders have graduated and it is believed that he is also having a key influence on the Afghan insurgents, considering …. Read More on The Nation

Afghan envoy urges JUI-S chief to influence Taliban to join peace process – The News

NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) head Maulana Samiul Haq and Afghan Ambassador Dr Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal discussed the prevalent situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan in a meeting held on Tuesday.

The ambassador met Maulana Samiul Haq at his residence in the Akora Khattak town of Nowshera district.Maulana Samiul Haq said they discussed issues including the hostility between the two countries with special focus on restoring peace in the war-torn country.

Talking to The News, Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal said that he had come to Akora Khattak to ask the Maulana to use his influence over the Afghan Taliban and play his role in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

He said the Taliban and the Afghan government had great respect for Maulana Samiul Haq. He said the Afghan government was confident that the Maulana could bring the Taliban and Afghanistan government …. Read More on The News 

Surobi leaders call for local communities to embrace mediation, peace – Reliefweb

KABUL – Addressing residents of the Surobi district of Kabul province in a UN-backed radio discussion, government officials, women’s rights activists and a broad range of other community leaders emphasized the critical importance of institutionalizing the principles of peace at all levels of local society, from the social to the political.

The radio programme, supported by the central regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), focused on the principles of peace at the community level, and in particular on resolving disputes among communities living in Surobi’s Uzben valley, with the idea being to generate greater ownership of mediation and peace efforts among local residents.

In opening the discussion, the principal of Surobi High school, Mawlawi Sidaqat, described how mediation activities have a special significance in Afghanistan as the primary mechanism for resolving conflict, and … Read More on Reliefweb

Will there be peace for Afghanistan? – Islam21c.com

What does the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar mean for Afghanistan?

Signing of Peace Accord with HIA

Afghanistan signed a landmark peace deal with the Islamic Party known as Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, allowing for the group’s leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, to return to his country. Hekmatyar returned to the capital of Afghanistan in early May of this year after two decades in hiding.[1] He called for peace and reconciliation as he was welcomed by the Afghan government and many other parties in the country.

The United Nations lifted sanctions against Hekmatyar, subsequent to a decision made by the UN Security Council to remove Hekmatyar from the UN terrorist blacklist. This decision was made following a peace deal which was signed between the Afghan government and Hekmatyar’s party. A formal request by the Afghan government was made to remove Hekmatyar’s name from the sanctions list.[2] The UN Security Council stated in…. Read More on Islam21c.com