Taliban killing Afghans at behest of ISI: official
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Taliban insurgents are killing Afghans at the behest of Pakistan's spy agency in a bid to fuel insecurity in Afghanistan, a senior intelligence official in central Logar province alleged on Wednesday.
The allegation was leveled at a gathering attended by 400 people, including tribal elders, provincial council members and government officials, in Pul-i-Alam to discuss the security situation in the province.
Gen. Abdul Sattar Lonai, National Directorate of Security chief for Logar, told participants that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's spy service, was against Afghanistan's stability and prosperity.
He made an appeal to tribal elders to intensify efforts at convincing militants to join the peace process and seek a negotiated settlement to the conflict.
But an elder from Khoshi district, Haji Jan Agha, said their endeavours to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table would work only when corruption in government and judicial organs was eliminated. He linked peace in the country to the release of political prisoners.
Another elder from the same district, Haji Qasim, said: "We are ready to coax Taliban into peace talks on condition that the government guarantees security for the people invited to talks."
A resident of Pul-i-Alam, Maulvi Ahmadzai, said the reintegration process could not be a success until foreign troops stopped killing civilians in their operations. "We are ready to talk to the rebels if the government acts to combat corruption."
A unanimously-passed resolution said the peace process would be supported when foreign forces stopped killing civilians. It also called for the release of political prisoners, an end to corruption and prevention of drug smuggling.
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