Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

Waging a war against the Taliban and then calling for peace talks – the US doesn’t know what it wants – The Express Tribune

Afghan Taliban fighters listen to an unseen Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund, the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwah in the western province of Farah on November 3, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani foreign official (FO) recently disclosed that the US administration was secretly pushing Pakistan to bring the Haqqani network to the dialogue table. This revelation was shocking as the Donald Trump administration, following the footsteps of its predecessors, has constantly asked Islamabad to crack down against the anti-US and Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network allegedly operating out of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The FO official also revealed how there were no specific demands made by the Trump administration other than facilitating Washington on the reconciliation process with the Haqqanis. Such developments are coming at a critical juncture, with Afghanistan losing ground to the Taliban and facing a growing….Read More on The Express Tribune

Pakistan says US, Afghanistan failed to woo Taliban – Pakistan Today

  • Major reason for stalemate in peace process is due to lack of ‘credible peace plan’ by US, Afghan govt

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has conveyed to the United States (US) that the failure of the Afghan government and United States (US) to come up with a “credible peace plan” to attract belligerent Afghan Taliban to the dialogue table was the major reason of the stalemate in the regional peace process.

The message was conveyed during the recent visit of US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells, who had visited Islamabad on January 15-16.

Background interviews with some of the key federal cabinet members privy to the dialogue process disclosed that Ambassador Wells had only…. Read More on Pakistan Today

UN Security Council stresses importance of credible elections in Afghanistan – Xinhuanet

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Friday stressed the importance of credible elections amid concern over the lack of security in the country.

In a presidential statement, the council underscored the importance of continued progress on electoral reform and toward the holding of credible and inclusive parliamentary elections in 2018 and presidential elections in 2019.

It commended the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN development Programme for their support in this area and encouraged them to intensify their support to the Afghan electoral… Read More on Xinhuanet

Afghan Taliban Political Officials Visiting Pakistan – VOA News

FILE – A general view of the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar.

The Taliban insurgency has quietly sent political negotiators to Pakistan from its Qatar-based office amid a new diplomatic push for encouraging peace talks between parties to the Afghanistan war.

A three-member Taliban delegation headed by Shahabuddin Dilawar, a senior member of the Doha office, is currently in Islamabad, local media reported Tuesday. Pakistani officials have not yet commented on the reports.

Diplomatic sources in the capital city have told VOA they are “aware” of the arrival of Taliban officials, but they refused to speculate on their mission.

“Let me check and if I get any information I will get back and share it with you,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid when VOA …. Read More on VOA News

Pakistan ‘Impeding’ Afghan Peace Process: HPC Official – TOLO News

The High Peace Council says the interference of some countries particularly Pakistan is impeding the peace talks efforts in Afghanistan.

Two days after unofficial peace talks between government officials and Taliban members in Turkey, the High Peace Council said the group has not officially given the go-ahead to hold formal negotiations.

“Unfortunately, Taliban has not given an official response to the joint call of the nation for starting real negotiations,” the head of High Peace Council secretariat Mohammad Akram Khpulwak said.

“Some factors which are impeding the peace efforts (in Afghanistan) are (because of) the interference by some countries who are not in favor of peace in Afghanistan, the clear interference of Pakistan in this respect, the interference of drug smugglers and activities of terrorist networks,” Khpulwak told a gathering on Tuesday.
The HPC members discussed the recent visit of the….. Read More on TOLO News

Afghan Taliban rejects reports of participation in peace talks – xinhuanet

KABUL, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — The Afghan Taliban outfit has rejected reports that a Taliban delegation was taking part in a peace negotiation in Turkey, according to a Taliban source revealed on Sunday.

Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, said in an online statement that “reports about delegation of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan participating at talks in Turkey are baseless.”

The Taliban militants use the name of Islamic Emirate they…. Read More on xinhuanet

News Analysis: Experts eye new chance for warmer Pakistan-Afghanistan ties – xinhuanet

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) — As a trilateral foreign ministers meeting among Afghanistan, China and Pakistan concluded in Beijing recently with focuses on cementing relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as extending an economic corridor between China and Pakistan to the Afghan side, the three parties are making efforts to restore long-waited peace and stability to the region after 17 years of turbulence.

Pakistan on Wednesday stated that improved bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan would bring peace and development in the entire region. Efforts made by China over the first trilateral dialogue among the foreign ministers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan “is a good step and it will yield positive results,” Pakistani Press Information Department quoted the country’s Foreign Minister…. Read More on xinhuanet

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan ask Taliban to join peace process – Arab news

ISLAMABAD: China hosted the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday, in a bid to improve the neighbors’ historically fractious relationship.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of Afghanistan and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif led delegations from their respective countries.
According to a joint communique, the three countries agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and…. Read More on Arab news