Monthly Archives: February 2017

Afghan Government Adopts New Strategy to Reach Reconciliation With Taliban – Sputnik

As the Afghan government struggles to deal with instability in the country, it prepared a plan envisaging direct talks with the Taliban in order to reach reconciliation.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The High Peace Council (HPC), the Afghan government body set up for negotiations with the Taliban, has defined a new settlement strategy that rules out participation of the third countries in the peace talks process, local media reported Sunday citing the… Read More on Sputnik

Peace to pave way for foreign troop pull-out : Zakhilwal – Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal believes peace alone can pave the ground for foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Zakhilwal made the remarks on Sunday in reaction to the removal of Gulbadin Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), from the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) blacklist.

“On February 3, the Security Council Committee, pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015), removed his name from…  Read More on Pajhwok

Can Hekmatyar deal help bring peace to Afghanistan? -Geo News

Although the name of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, emir of the Hizb-e-Islami group, has been dropped from the list of blacklisted individuals by the United Nations’ Security Council, uncertainty still prevails and chances of peace in Afghanistan are bleak because of several reasons, including divisions at the local, national, and international level which are yet to be overcome.

The kind of international support shown by the developments today is likely to increase the worth of President Ashraf Ghani and his coalition government, which was not taken seriously by the local rival groups and the international community.

It was a general perception that the Ghani government was not capable or independent enough to decide about the peace and stability related… Read More on Geo News

Afghan reconciliation: UN lifts sanctions on Gulbuddin Hekmatyar -The Express Tribune

KABUL: The UN Security Council has lifted sanctions on former Afghan warlord and Hizb-e-Islami chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, previously branded ‘a global terrorist’ and accused of war crimes.

The move follows a peace deal between Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami and the Afghan government in September that granted him legal immunity from past offences, sparking… Read More on The Express Tribune