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QCG to enlist Ulema’s help to bring Afghan Taliban to negotiating table – The Express Tribune Pakistan

KARACHI: The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) has agreed on a ‘three-step political process’ in a bid to resurrect a moribund peace initiative in Afghanistan, Daily Express has learnt from top government sources in Islamabad. More »

How to bring peace in Afghanistan – Pakistan Observer

THERE was nothing new in the President Donald Trump’s South Asia policy, announced on August 21, 2017. Much conjectured and trumpeted as, US new Afghan policy, it was same old blame game on Pakistan, while emphasizing an enhanced role for More »

KARACHI: On Pakistan’s advice, Afghanistan has decided to restart the reconciliation process to maintain peace in the region.Pakistan has assured Afghanistan of full cooperation in this regard, informed sources in the federal government said on Tuesday. More »

 

Pakistan Mocks US Military Mission in Afghanistan – VOA News

(1/2)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is greeted by Gen. John Nicholson, right, commander of Resolute Support, with Special Charge d’Affaires Amb. Hugo Llorens, as he arrives, Oct. 23, 2017, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

America’s security “failures” in Afghanistan are evident from events of the week when visiting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not move out of a U.S. military base and invited Afghan leaders to his “bunker” for talks, neighboring Pakistan said Thursday.

“This situation tells the whole story of U.S. failures, despite fighting in the country for 16 years,” Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said. He was briefing…. Read More on VOA News

Tillerson pays flying visit to Afghanistan to discuss U.S. strategy – Reuters

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday discussed with Afghan leaders the U.S. strategy for ending America’s longest war, in a brief, unreported visit that underscored the challenge of quelling the country’s insurgency.

Tillerson spent almost three hours in a heavily guarded building in the main U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, most of the time in talks with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other U.S. and Afghan officials.

A small group of U.S. media accompanying the former ExxonMobil CEO on his first official visit to Afghanistan were prohibited for security reasons from filing dispatches, photographs and… Read More on Reuters

Afghan Envoy Meets With ‘Father Of The Taliban’ – Tolo News

In ongoing efforts to bring the Taliban to the peace talks tables, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan held talks with Maulana Sami ul Haq on Thursday.

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal on Sunday visited JUI-S chief Maulana Sami ul Haq’s following a week of deadly attacks that killed over 200 people.

Zakhilwal, who is also special presidential envoy for Pakistan, travelled to Akora Khattak on Sunday to meet Maulana Sami ul Haq, who is often dubbed as ‘Father of the Taliban’, reported Pakistan News Service.

According to the report his visit was to seek Haq’s help in getting the Taliban to the peace talks tables, the Darul Uloom Haqqania said in a statement.

It is believed that many Afghan Taliban leaders have studied at the Darul Uloom Haqqania madrassa and that Maulana Sami ul Haq enjoys some

Tillerson Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan – Connecticut Public Broadcasting Networking

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Tillerson: Afghanistan has room for some Taliban in government – New York Post

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday said there’s room for moderate members of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s government if they reject violence and terrorism and commit to stability.

”Clearly, we have to continue to fight against the Taliban, against others, in order for them to understand they will never win a military victory,” Tillerson said during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. “And there are, we believe, moderate voices among the Taliban, voices that do not want to continue to fight forever. They don’t want their children to fight forever. So we are looking to engage with those voices and …. Read More on New York Post

Senators ask govt to send HPC packing – Pajhwok


KABUL (Pajhwok): After a bloodiest week, the Mesharano Jirga on Sunday said the High Peace Council (HPC) had been ineffective since its creation and should to be dissolved.

Senator Mohammad Afzal Shamel remarked since its inception, the HPC had played no significant role in bringing peace to the country.

He said the peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was not an achievement of the HPC because the HIA spokesman had often said this.

He said: “Millions of dollars are being embezzled in the HPC. An ordinary employee of the HPC is paid $800 salary, it would be good to shut down the failed institution and its budget diverted to security institutions.”

He asked the president to take a decision on the fate of HPC. He also said peace with Pakistan was not possible because the country was thirsty of the Afghan blood.

Rahmatullah Achakzai, another lawmaker, said the HPC needed a complete overhaul. He said the Taliban considered … Read More on Pajhwok

Experts link surge in violence to new US strategy – Pajhwok

KABUL (Pajhwok): Military experts link the recent surge in militant attacks in Afghanistan with Taliban’s reaction to the new US strategy and poor equipment and leadership of Afghan security forces.

Nearly 200 people, including security forces and civilians, were killed and scores of others injured in one of the bloodiest week in the war-ravaged country.

The attacks in Paktia, Kandahar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Ghor and Kabul provinces during the past week drew widespread condemnations.

Military affairs expert Javed Kohistani said the growing incidents of violence and attacks seemed to be “a joint response” of the Taliban and Pakistan to the new US strategy for Afghanistan and the South Asia.

He said the new US strategy faced strong opposition from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and some European countries because they were not optimistic… Read More on Pajhwok

Afghan ambassador met Maulana Sami ul Haq for peace in Afghanistan- Pakistan Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal Sunday sought JUI-S chief Maulana Sami ul Haq’s help for peace in Afghanistan as a series of deadly attacks killed nearly 200 people and injured scores others in recent days.

Ambassador Zakhilwal, who is also special presidential envoy for Pakistan, travelled to Akora Khattak on Sunday to meet Maulana Sami ul Haq, who is often dubbed as ‘Father of the Taliban’ by West, and press him to play his role in persuading the Taliban to join the peace process. “Afghan ambassador told Maulana that the Afghan government is ready for peace negotiations and also to knock any door to achieve the goal of durable peace in Afghanistan,” a statement issued by Darul Uloom Haqqania said.

It is believed that many Afghan Taliban leaders have studied at Darul Uloom Haqqania and that Maulana Sami ul Haq enjoys some influence on them.

It was ambassador Zakhilwal’s third visit to the seminary in recent months. However, Maulana is yet to play any active role in Afghan peace and…. Read More on Pakistan Tribune