Pakistan has key to peace in Afghanistan: MP
Addressing a gathering in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, Abdul Jabbar Qahraman urged the government to abandon talks with the Taliban. Instead he called for face-to-face meetings with Islamabad.
Backed by the Inter-Services Intelligence, the militants had no power to decide on any issue, including peace dialogue, the Wolesi Jirga member told the audience, including Governor Gulab Mangal, tribal elders, religious scholars and provincial officials.
Despite hectic efforts by the High Peace Council, no breakthrough had been achieved thus far, the MP said, adding Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination had raised questions about the whole reconciliation effort.
Governor Mangal said though the ex-president's death had shattered hopes for peace in the country, they would continue with their efforts at stabilising Afghanistan.
"The government will welcome all those who want to join the peace process," he remarked, explaining government officials, elders and scholars had been asked to press on with parley with the fighters at the district level.
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