Analysts back change in Karzai's stance
Talks with the insurgents, supported by Pakistan, would be meaningless as long as Islamabad did not lend its weight to the reconciliation efforts, they said.
It was important to discuss the issue of rebel safe havens with Islamabad to have peace and stability in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai told the National Ulema Council on Friday.
Haroon Mir, a political analyst, said the source of all crises in the country was Pakistan. The Afghan government, therefore, should have a clear policy toward Islamabad, a policy supported by the United Nation and NATO members.
He said: "Currently, the government needs an efficient policy based national aspirations." Pressures from political factions, jihadi leaders and the international community forced the president to change his government's position on talks with Taliban, he believed.
Jihadi leaders told the president that Taliban were not independent in decision-making, and that they played into the hands of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
"I think the change in the presidential stance is a positive development; he has finally realised the magnitude of the crises in the country," Haroon said, alleging Taliban could not enter peace negotiations without the green signal from Islamabad.
"Not only Taliban, but Pakistan itself faced political and economical problems," he said. To have better relations with Islamabad, it was important to invite it to the Loya Jirga, he suggested.
Mohammad Younis Fakoor, another political analyst, said peace efforts would remain futile as long as the Afghan government did not put in place an effective mechanism for maintaining security in the country.
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