Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ready for Peace? The Afghan Taliban after a Decade of War -RUSI Paper

By Theo Farrell and Michael Semple                             Copy of the Post in PDF


Despite high-profile success on the battlefield, interviews with Taliban personnel reveal substantial discord within the group.

This briefing paper argues that:

  • The Taliban movement is in disarray. The new leader, Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, is widely viewed as weak and ineffective.
  • Several factions within the Taliban are vying for power. The Mansour network, which is based in Helmand and claims to be backed by Iran and Russia, has risen to become the most dynamic ….  Read more on

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Pakistan, UK agree on continuous efforts towards Afghan reconciliation process -Samaa News

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz received the British Ambassador to Afghanistan Dominic Jermey on Wednesday.

According to a press release issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Jermey was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew. The two sides discussed the peace and security situation in Afghanistan.

The adviser shared with the ambassador, Pakistan’s success in counter terrorism and its willingness … Read More on Samaa news

Pakistan committed to Afghan-led reconciliation process: Nawaz -Daily times

DAVOS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his government had achieved economic stability and turned around the country’s economy in a short span of three years. He was talking to the Group Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, Jean Charlie, in Davos on the sidelines of the 47th World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.

The prime minister said his government was pursuing a comprehensive reforms agenda, besides successfully delivering on the major objectives of combating terrorism, economy and power shortages. Jean Charlie said he was seeking public private partnership for working with the government on education and…. Read More on Dailytimes

Pakistan supports Afghan-led peace, reconciliation: Gen Bajwa -The News International

RAWALPINDI:  Commander United States Central Command (CETNCOM) General Joseph L Votel called on Chief of The Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday, said a statement issued by the Inter-Service Public Relations.

“Matters of mutual interest with special focus on security situation in Afghanistan were discussed,” said the statement.

The army chief said Pakistan supports and looks forward to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation.

“Blame game is detrimental to enduring peace and stability,” said he while referring to recent terrorists attacks in Afghanistan which followed rhetoric “from certain factions” implicating Pakistan.

General Bajwa said Pakistan has undertaken operations against terrorists of all hue and color and “there are no safe havens inside Pakistan to… Read More on “The News International”

Afghan High Peace Council: Imminent Meeting between Government and Taliban -ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kabul- Sheikh Ahmed Gailani, chairman of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, said that efforts will be made during the upcoming period to hold a meeting between the government and Taliban for the purpose of achieving reconciliation.

Gailani said that hopes are pinned on Riyadh’s role in the success of the reconciliation because Saudi Arabia is the state of Islam and the Two Holy Mosques.

“There have been solid relations between the kingdom and Afghanistan since the post-Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – Saudi Arabia continued to support the Afghan people during this period, after it and until the lining up of the transitional government,” Gailani told Asharq Al-Awsat.

He added that the Afghan government asked the kingdom to take part in the reconciliation process because it represents an important…. Read More on Ashara Al-Awsat

The situation of human rights in Afghanistan and technical assistance achievements in the field of human rights – Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/34/41) – Reliefweb


The present report is being submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council decision 2/113 and resolution 14/15. It describes the human rights situation in Afghanistan from January to November 2016 and provides an overview of the core work and technical assistance conducted by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report focuses on the five principal areas of work of the Unit, namely: protection of civilians in armed conflict; human rights and the protection of children in armed conflict; the elimination of violence against women, increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and security, and gender equality; the prevention of torture and… Read More on Reliefweb

On the attacks in Afghanistan -EEAS Press

Afghanistan has once again been targeted by two despicable attacks, one in Kabul near the Parliament building and the other in Kandahar, which have left dozens of innocent people dead and many others injured.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who have been killed, and we wish those who have been injured a speedy…Read More on

Only Afghan-led process can bring peace to Afghanistan: US -DAWN News

WASHINGTON: The United States has noted Afghanistan’s absence from the three-nation Afghan peace talks held in Moscow last week but hoped the meeting would lead to peace.

Pakistan, China and Russia held the three-ways talks in Moscow but failed to invite Afghanistan, earning a strong protest from Kabul.

At a news briefing in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States recognised Afghanistan’s right to hold all negotiations with other nations on issues that concerned the… Read More on DAWN News