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Pakistan says political incentives key to bring Afghan Taliban to negotiations table – Khaama Press

As the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Islamabad for supporting the anti-government armed militant groups in Afghanistan, specifically the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network, the Pakistani officials have once again started to lobby in favor of the group, emphasizing on consideration of political incentives to encourage the group to reconciliation negotiations.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Nafees Zakaria made the remarks during a press briefing on Thursday.

“Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. The focus should be on a politically negotiated settlement under an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process,” Zakariza said.

He also added “We believe the focus should be on exploring political incentives that can attract Taliban to negotiations. In the same spirit, Pakistan has welcomed the peace deal with Hizb-i-Islami and we believe that this can serve as a model.”

The Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman was responding to a question regarding the warnings issued by President Ghani to …. Read More on Khaama Press

Lack of political solution to factional conflicts cause of Afghan division, instability – The Nation

WASHINGTON: Lack of political solution to factional conflicts lies at the heart of Afghan problem as with no effective systems for sharing authority, power-brokers lack mutual trust needed to build peace in the war-torn country, analysts said.

In spite of international intervention for nearly sixteen years, the country is still facing insurgency with a gradual but steady deterioration in security. President Trump is expected to announce a troops surge with an addition of up to 5,000 US soldiers to the 8,500 already there.

While the addition of troops may be critical to strengthen the government’s position against Taliban and ISIS, it will not “win” the war, according to an article by Alex Their, an analyst and a former senior US official working in Afghanistan, and Scott Worden, director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs for the US Institute of Peace. Published in the online magazine, The Hill, the two analysts argued that lack of a political solution to the factional conflicts… Read More on The Nation

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, at a press conference after the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board Meeting, 10 July 2017 – Reliefweb

KABUL – The following is a transcript of a press conference on 10 July 2017 about the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board Meeting.


The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, at a press conference after the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board Meeting

[edited for clarity]

Kabul, 10 July 2017

It was really a pleasure and a privilege and honor to be able to co-chair this Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board meeting with Minister Hakimi who is really an experienced person in this field.

The JCMB follows up the progress from previous commitments and also discusses the way forward, particularly for the Senior Officials Meetings planned for this autumn.

In this sense, as the minister has explained, this JCMB meeting was very successful. The meeting affirmed the joint commitments between the donors and the Afghan Government and gave us a clear set of priorities to work, or homework, which we have to do for the Senior Officials Meeting for the autumn.

I believe that the JCMB meeting clearly showed the Government’s determination to move forward in key areas. The Government also explained to us and to the meeting, and … Read More on Reliefweb

Afghan peace body says aim is not to defeat Taliban –

We do not see peace as defeat… We believe in studying demands and views of Taliban, says High Peace Council leadership

KABUL, Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council has announced it is now pursuing a new plan to reach a peace accord with the Taliban that would not aim to defeat the armed group.

The council is a government-backed body that was formed in September 2010 when former President Hamid Karzai was at the helm.

Karim Khalili, the council’s current chairman and former vice president during Karzai’s reign, held the body’s first meeting on Monday after a structural revamp last month.

At the meeting, Khalili said the council — under an initiative backed by the international community — aims to launch an intensive consultation campaign with political parties, tribal leaders and civil society representatives to reach an ultimate consensus to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

“We do not see peace as a defeat; our strategy does not aim to defeat the Taliban. We believe in studying the demands and views of the Taliban,” he said.

“Peace also does not mean giving away meaningless privileges, undermining the law and giving away all achievements,” he said.

The council has long been seen as symbolic body with no or little clout either over the government or the Taliban. However, its members have come under attack by the armed group in the past; the body’s …. Read More on

JuA operating from Afghanistan against Pakistan -The Nation

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Friday said Taliban splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA) was orchestrating terror acts in Pakistan – operating from its bases in Afghanistan – as Islamabad welcomed the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s decision to impose sanctions on the outfit.

A foreign ministry statement said the JuA operated from Nangarhar province of Afghanistan and had been involved in a series of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. Pakistan had proscribed the JuA last year.

“Pakistan welcomes the listing of JuA by the UNSC. The Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee approved the addition of JuA in the list of entities and individuals subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. Pakistan had proposed this listing,” the statement said.

The JuA has been blamed by Pakistan for many deadliest attacks across the county. This week, Pakistan said militant groups such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA), Daesh, JuA, remnants of al-Qaeda and a number of other splinter groups were… Read More on The Nation 

Haqqani network being run from Afghanistan: FO – The News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan hit out at the accusations from the United States that it continues to support the militant Haqqani network stating clearly that current statistics make it evident that, in fact, the Haqqani network was based inside Afghanistan and was operating from there.

Pakistan’s response comes at a time when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has met President Ashraf Ghani in Tajikistan when the fate of two kidnapped Pakistani diplomats is still unknown. The diplomats were based in the Consulate General of Pakistan in Jalalabad — an eastern on June 16 while traveling to Pakistan by road

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office declined to comment on US Senator John McCain’s warnings that if Pakistan does not stop supporting the Haqqani network, the United States should change its attitude towards the Pakistan nation, saying these were mere media reports.

“We have made it very clear that we expect they [Pakistan] will cooperate with us, particularly … Read More on The News 

Russia hails China’s efforts to improve Pak-Afghan ties – The News

MOSCOW: Russia has highly praised China’s latest shuttle diplomatic efforts with Pakistan and Afghanistan, saying the moves improve the two neighbors’ relations and promote the domestic reconciliation in Afghanistan, among all the positive results.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a 26-hour compact visit to Russia on Wednesday with stronger bilateral ties and an expanding cooperation agenda, Xinhua news agency reported.

In his sixth tour to Russia since assuming office, Xi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and signed joint statements with the Russian side on further deepening their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination and on stances on major international affairs.

Speaking of the Afghanistan situation, Xi and Putin expressed worries over the expansion of …. Read More on The News

Herat events highlight impact of armed conflict on Afghan children – Reliefweb

HERAT – Raising awareness about the dangers to children in armed conflict was the focus of a series of UN-backed events in several Herat schools in recent weeks.

In the latest event, organized this week by the Herat regional office of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and held in the Atefi High School for boys, some 500 students and 30 teachers engaged on a range of issues around children’s rights.

As part of the event, students performed theatrical sketches, essay presentations and poetry recitations to bring the human rights issues to life. Additionally, there was a debate and a special session on mine-risk awareness.

Children in Herat, and across Afghanistan, have become an increasingly vulnerable group in recent years. In UNAMA’s 2017 quarterly update on civilian casualties, released on 27 April and covering the first three months of the year, the mission recorded 735 child casualties, a 3 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016. Child deaths increased by 17 per cent.

“The 17 per cent increase in child casualties reflects the failure of parties to the conflict to take adequate precautions to protect civilians, including through marking… Read More on Reliefweb