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Analysts mixed over Rabbani's India trip

Analysts mixed over Rabbani's India trip

Jul 14, 2011 - 20:27

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Some Kabul-based political analysts say that the High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani's visit to India is in the interest of the peace process, but others believe the trip would leave a negative impact on the process.

Led by former President Burhanudin Rabbani, a high-level peace delegation from Afghanistaninfo-icon on Thursday left for India on a two-day visit.

The delegation of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan is visiting India at the invitation of the India's Externalinfo-icon Affairs Minister S M Krishna.

The Hindustan Times reported that the Afghan delegation had arrived in India to inform Indian officials regarding the progress the peace council had so far made since its creation in September 2010 to facilitate the peace process.

Political analyst Waheed Mujdha said that India and Afghanistan had good relations in diverse fields and that the role of India in the peace process could not be ruled out.

Recently, relations between Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon are tense due to the cross border attacks, which Afghanistan says had killed dozens of Afghans and displaced hundreds others near the joint border in eastern provinces.

Mujdha said the visit was aimed at showing Pakistan that there were other countries that could play a role in the peace process. He hoped the trip would be a success.

But another political analyst, Mohammad Yunus Fikor, said the trip would bear no positive result rather it would leave negative impact on the peace process. He said the council members had travelled many countries in a bid to muster foreign support for the peace plan, but the visits had not been successful.

Fikor said Pakistan's role in the peace process was crucial and that the visit could concern Pakistan which could create more problems.

However, he said Pakistan had several times pledged cooperation in the war against terrorism, but did nothing in real.


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