Monthly Archives: March 2017

Peace in Afghanistan is possible – Pajhwok Afghan News

Today the European Union will mark 60 years since the signature of the Rome Treaties. Since then the citizens of our Member States have enjoyed six decades of unprecedented peace, prosperity and security. The contrast to the first half of the 20th Century could not be greater. Two catastrophic wars in Europe between 1914 and 1945 left millions dead, and a continent devastated, divided and prostrate. European integration has been the most successful peace project in our history.

The European Union has been engaged in Afghanistan for decades and the European Union and its Member States are the largest donors in Afghanistan. Coming out of the very successful Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016 we will continue to be so until 2020.

Over the last 60 years Europe has proved that there is an alternative to war. This is also the case here in Afghanistan. Looking into … Read More on Pajhwok Afghan News

Pakistan to attend Afghan peace conference in Russia next month -Daily Times

FO says not decided yet on what level Pakistan will participate in the conference and whether Afghan Taliban will attend the moot or not

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria on Friday said Pakistan would participate in a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan, which was scheduled to be held in Russia next month.

At a weekly press briefing, the spokesman said it had not yet been decided on what level Pakistan would participate in the conference. He said it was not clear whether Afghan Taliban would attend the moot or not. “Pakistan will continue its efforts for the establishment of peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

The spokesman said Pakistan had decided to open its borders with Afghanistan as a ‘goodwill gesture’, adding that… Read More on Daily Times

Pakistan to attend Moscow moot on Afghan peace – Dawn

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Pakistan will attend a meeting of 12 countries on April 14 in Moscow, which is aimed at developing a regional approach for peace in Afghanistan.

The level of participation would be decided later, FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a weekly media briefing here on Thursday. Pakistan, he recalled, had been actively participating in… Read More on Dawn

Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects – voanews

FILE – Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group would be ready for peace talks with the United States, if their demands were met.

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban disputes media reports that its representatives recently visited neighboring Pakistan and discussed with officials there the prospect of holding direct peace talks with Kabul.

The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government, calling it a “puppet” of the United States.

“We strongly reject [the media reports] because none of our leaders has traveled to Islamabad, nor has he met with any official there,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the insurgency’s main spokesman, told VOA Friday.

But he did not outright deny… Read More on voanews

PM SAYS PAKISTAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ALL INITIATIVES FOR REGIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY- Radio Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate and support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process

 While talking to Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Amber Rudd in Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate and support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

UN welcomes PM Nawaz’s decision about reopening of Pak-Afghan border

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham and Chaman was reopened for all sort of traffic on Tuesday morning. Opening of the border was announced by Prime… Read More on Radio Pakistan

Afghan Taliban signal interest in joining Moscow talks -The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban have signalled willingness to take part in a meeting that Russia is expected to host next month on peace and reconciliation in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Russia has extended an invitation to 12 countries for consultations in Moscow on April 14.

The process of informal consultations was initially started by Pakistan, China and Russia in December and was expanded to six-nation talks in mid-February with the participation of Afghanistan, India and Iran. The US, some Central Asian states and the EU will also be invited to next month’s meeting.

Taliban officials say it is possible the group may participate in the Moscow meeting, if invited. “Our response… Read More on The Express Tribune 

Pakistan-Russia Relations: Regional Peace And Connectivity – OpEd By Muhammad Adil Sivia – Eurasiareview

The mere possibility of new contender for world leadership in the form of China, maybe in the distant future, has exacerbated geopolitical realignments in the international system. These alignments are primarily from regional to international. International politics has never been and will never be on linear progression at any given time. There always have been and will be countries dissatisfied with the dominant order. During the Cold War, the opposing world orders were structured on an ideological basis. These ideological divisions held sway on relations among the states in the last decade of the 20th century. The ideology that will primarily drive relations among states in the 21st century is none other but that related to economics.

Pakistan and the Russian Federation started rapprochement …  Read More on Eurasiareview

The Road to Peace Goes Through Kabul By M. Ashraf Haidari-The Diplomat

The peace process in Afghanistan must be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned

The complexity of global and regional security threats and their convergence in Afghanistan has begun to seriously worry regional and extra-regional stakeholders. Some of these actors have called for stepping up efforts to reinvigorate Afghanistan’s stalled peace process. The Afghan government welcomes any genuine efforts by its immediate and near neighbors, which help put an end to years of imposed war and violence in Afghanistan that daily claim innocent Afghan lives in their cities and villages. Indeed, success in this endeavor will not only stabilize Afghanistan, but will also ensure regional security as a precondition for enabling the Heart of Asia countries to address the ever-growing economic needs and demands of their nations.

The National Unity Government (NUG) is the legitimate, elected government of Afghanistan—representing all Afghans with equal rights under the country’s progressive constitution. The NUG enjoys the support of the Afghan people, who remain a strategic asset in the Read More on The Diplomat….

Paktya political leaders work together to promote fair and transparent elections -Reliefweb

GARDEZ – Representatives of six political parties from across Paktya Province have come together in a UNAMA-facilitated meeting to openly and frankly discuss their role in elections, as well as peace and reconciliation.

Participants said that the environment of insecurity, as well as a high level of corruption in the region will make fair and transparent elections a major challenge.

UNAMA has also set up a committee comprising representatives of nine political parties active in the region to improve inter-party relations, encourage coordination and… Read More on Reliefweb

Pakistan, Afghanistan delegates agree to improve relations – Kashmir Watch

Islamabad  (PR/AISS): The 7th Round of the Afghanistan Pakistan Bilateral (Track II/ I.5) Dialogue was held in Islamabad from March 5-6 2017 under the Umbrella Theme “In Pursuit of an Elusive Peace – A diversity of challenges a bouquet of opportunities”.

The dialogue was organized by the Regional Peace Institute (RPI) in collaboration with the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). It was supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF).

There were four sessions held spread over two days discussing the … Read More On Kashmir Watch