Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

PM SAYS PAKISTAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ALL INITIATIVES FOR REGIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY- Radio Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate and support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process

 While talking to Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Amber Rudd in Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate and support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

UN welcomes PM Nawaz’s decision about reopening of Pak-Afghan border

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham and Chaman was reopened for all sort of traffic on Tuesday morning. Opening of the border was announced by Prime… Read More on Radio Pakistan

Afghan Taliban signal interest in joining Moscow talks -The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban have signalled willingness to take part in a meeting that Russia is expected to host next month on peace and reconciliation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Russia has extended an invitation to 12 countries for consultations in Moscow on April 14.

The process of informal consultations was initially started by Pakistan, China and Russia in December and was expanded to six-nation talks in mid-February with the participation of Afghanistan, India and Iran. The US, some Central Asian states and the EU will also be invited to next month’s meeting.

Taliban officials say it is possible the group may participate in the Moscow meeting, if invited. “Our response… Read More on The Express Tribune 

Pakistan-Russia Relations: Regional Peace And Connectivity – OpEd By Muhammad Adil Sivia – Eurasiareview

The mere possibility of new contender for world leadership in the form of China, maybe in the distant future, has exacerbated geopolitical realignments in the international system. These alignments are primarily from regional to international. International politics has never been and will never be on linear progression at any given time. There always have been and will be countries dissatisfied with the dominant order. During the Cold War, the opposing world orders were structured on an ideological basis. These ideological divisions held sway on relations among the states in the last decade of the 20th century. The ideology that will primarily drive relations among states in the 21st century is none other but that related to economics.

Pakistan and the Russian Federation started rapprochement …  Read More on Eurasiareview

The Road to Peace Goes Through Kabul By M. Ashraf Haidari-The Diplomat

The peace process in Afghanistan must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned

The complexity of global and regional security threats and their convergence in Afghanistan has begun to seriously worry regional and extra-regional stakeholders. Some of these actors have called for stepping up efforts to reinvigorate Afghanistan’s stalled peace process. The Afghan government welcomes any genuine efforts by its immediate and near neighbors, which help put an end to years of imposed war and violence in Afghanistan that daily claim innocent Afghan lives in their cities and villages. Indeed, success in this endeavor will not only stabilize Afghanistan, but will also ensure regional security as a precondition for enabling the Heart of Asia countries to address the ever-growing economic needs and demands of their nations.

The National Unity Government (NUG) is the legitimate, elected government of Afghanistan—representing all Afghans with equal rights under the country’s progressive constitution. The NUG enjoys the support of the Afghan people, who remain a strategic asset in the Read More on The Diplomat….

Paktya political leaders work together to promote fair and transparent elections -Reliefweb

GARDEZ – Representatives of six political parties from across Paktya Province have come together in a UNAMA-facilitated meeting to openly and frankly discuss their role in elections, as well as peace and reconciliation.

Participants said that the environment of insecurity, as well as a high level of corruption in the region will make fair and transparent elections a major challenge.

UNAMA has also set up a committee comprising representatives of nine political parties active in the region to improve inter-party relations, encourage coordination and… Read More on Reliefweb

Pakistan, Afghanistan delegates agree to improve relations – Kashmir Watch

Islamabad  (PR/AISS): The 7th Round of the Afghanistan Pakistan Bilateral (Track II/ I.5) Dialogue was held in Islamabad from March 5-6 2017 under the Umbrella Theme “In Pursuit of an Elusive Peace – A diversity of challenges a bouquet of opportunities”.

The dialogue was organized by the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) in collaboration with the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). It was supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).

There were four sessions held spread over two days discussing the … Read More On Kashmir Watch

Community leaders resolve to work toward peace in eastern Afghanistan -Reliefweb

LAGHMAN – In a UN-backed three-day Peace Jirga, community leaders from three districts of Afghanistan’s east said they are committed to working with opposing groups to find peaceful outcomes to the area’s conflicts.

The focus of the Jirga, which drew more than 100 men and 25 women from Laghman and Nuristan, was to bring peace to the area, specifically along the main road from Laghman to Western Nuristan, and to ensure humanitarian assistance and development activities could continue there.

In Afghanistan’s eastern region, which once hosted the passing armies of Alexander the Great, as well as a booming international tourist trade in the… Read More on the Reliefweb

Peace-making in Afghanistan: Heart of Asia is in Question? – South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)

For the given of its geographical location and strategic significance in the geopolitical landscape of the Asia, Afghanistan has been popularly known as ‘Heart of Asia’. It is a landlocked with an area of 652,230 km², located at the crossroads of the North-South and East-West corridors in the Asia. It is a bridge between the South, Eastern, Western and Central Asia. Therefore, Afghanistan has been holding the pivotal position for connectivity and economic integration to these adjacent regions of the Asian continent. It has been very rich… Click to Download the File 

OIC plans to host Afghan Ulema Conference in a few months – Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — With the support of the Afghan government, High Peace Council and Ulema Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has started preparation to hold the International Muslim Ulema Conference in the next coming months to support peace, security, stability and national reconciliation of Afghanistan.

Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, secretary general of the OIC, noted that the planned conference will address the issue of… Read More On Saudi Gazette

Afghan conference to be held in Saudi – Bahrain News Agency

Jeddah, Feb. 28(BNA): The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen has reiterated that his organization with the support of the Afghan Government, High Peace Council and Ulema Council has started preparation for holding the International Muslim Ulema Conference in the next coming months to support peace, security, stability and national reconciliation of Afghanistan.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Amb. Tarig Bakheit, Director General of Political Affairs at the Organisation during a meeting of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan (ICG) hosted by OIC in Jeddah and attended by delegates from more than… Read More On Bahrain News Agency