Category Archives: Reconciliation Recent Developments

‘Pakistan may redeploy troops from Afghan border to Kashmir’ – The Express Tribune

NEW YORK: Warning that the Kashmir crisis could get worse, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan has raised the possibility that Islamabad might redeploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier, a shift that could complicate American peace talks with the Taliban, now said to be in the final stages.

In an interview with The New York Times editorial board on Monday, Khan emphasised that the Kashmir and Afghanistan issues were separate and that he was not attempting to link them.

On the contrary, he said, Pakistan hoped the American talks with the Taliban would succeed and that his country was actively supporting them.

“We are doing all that we can and will continue … Read More on The Express Tribune

Liz Cheney, Lindsey Graham voice skepticism on possible US-Taliban peace deal – Defense News

WASHINGTON ― The House’s No. 3 Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, and other party members voiced skepticism Monday amid a possible deal to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, following the latest round of talks with the Taliban.

Cheney called for any potential agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban to be made public and for Taliban leaders to explicitly renounce al-Qaida. The comments came as the latest round of talks ended early Monday without a sign of a deal to end the 18-year war, America’s longest.

A Taliban spokesman had said last week that this eighth round of talks would conclude with a deal to …. Read More on Defense News

Taliban, US End Latest Round of Talks Without Announcing Outcome – VOA

ISLAMABAD – The United States and the Taliban have concluded the eighth round of talks aimed at reaching an agreement between the two adversaries to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan and jumpstart intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

The nine-day negotiations in the Gulf state of Qatar were wrapped up before dawn on Monday, announced a Taliban spokesman. The talks continued on a day when Muslims around the world began celebrating their three-day annual festival of sacrifice, known as Eid-al-Adha.

“Work was tedious and effective. Both sides agreed to consult their respective leaderships … Read More on VOA News

Ghani frees 35 Taliban inmates from NDS prison as a peace gesture – Khaama Press

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has set free 35 Taliban inmates from the prison of the National Directorate of Security on the occasion of Eid.

The National Directorate of Security said in a statement that the directorate released 35 inmates based on a presidential decree which was issued on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha.

The statement further added that the prisoners were released as a gesture of goodwill to help advance the reconciliation.

Furthermore, the statement stated that the government has always kept the door for negotiations open in a bid to maintain peace and ensure … Read More on Khaama Press

The Rise of Afghanistan’s Taliban – National Interest

The latest round of U.S.-Taliban talks appears to be heading to a framework for peace. In exchange for a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces, the Taliban have agreed to a guarantee that Afghan territory will not be used to sponsor terrorist groups or stage attacks against the United States or its allies. This would be followed by a nationwide ceasefire and the start of an intra-Afghan dialogue, leading to the release of prisoners from both sides.

For all the progress, the peace talks face criticism for excluding the Afghan government. The Taliban have consistently refused to recognize Afghanistan’s elected government—calling it a U.S. puppet—and demanded to negotiate solely with the United States. But intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan leadership will only begin once a deal with the United States is agreed upon.

The ugly truth is that the Taliban have a legitimate claim of representing a part …. Read More on National Interest

Norway can help Afghanistan achieve peace: Zalmay Khalilzad – Khaama Press

The U.S. special envoy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has said Norway can help Afghanistan achieve peace.

Ambassador Khalilzad said in a statement posted in his Twitter account that he had a productive meeting with the Norwegian officials in Oslo on Thursday.

Khalilzad further added that he briefed the Norwegian Foreign Minister Mari Eriksen Soreide on current peace efforts.

Furthermore, Khalilzad said he also discussed the next steps which are due to be taken regarding the Afghan reconciliation process.

However, he did not disclose further information in … Read More on Khaama Press

PM Imran ‘incredibly crucial’ to Afghan peace process: US – The Express Tribune

Acknowledging the importance of Islamabad in the ongoing Afghan reconciliation process, the United States said Prime Minister Imran Khan will be “incredibly crucial” in helping Washington with a peace deal in the war-torn country.

“But I would say that obviously that Prime Minister Khan is going to be incredibly crucial in helping us with these – with this peace deal and with this peace negotiation that continues,” said US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus during a briefing.

The prime minister said earlier that he had assured President Trump that Pakistan would do ‘whatever is in its power … Read More on The Express Tribune

Pakistan’s role in peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan – IOL

The month of August has a special festive significance for Pakistan. It was 72 years ago that Pakistan acquired its hard-fought freedom from the colonial clutches of Britain on August 14, 1947.

In this journey of 72 years Pakistan has witnessed several ups and downs. The country was beset with several challenges, which it coped with successfully.

Pakistan occupies a crucial strategic location, straddling south and Central Asia. The region has been gripped by the geopolitical fault lines shaped by the Cold War and then the war against terrorism.

Consequently, Pakistan faced geographical pressures on its borders, starting with India and lately compounded on the frontiers with Afghanistan.

Pakistan and Afghanistan found themselves embroiled in the … Read More on IOL