Taliban seek recognised office for peace talks
The conference titled “Afghan dialogue” on Saturday and Sunday was organised in Doha by a Canadian based organization, Pugwash Council.
Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai led an eight-member Taliban delegation that expressed their views on peace and stability in Afghanistan at the event sitting together with a 20-member Afghan government delegation.
He read out a statement from the Taliban after the discussions, explaining the current situation in Afghanistan, reasons why the rebels had been waging the war, their stance on peace process and the existence of foreign troops in Afghanistan.
The Taliban appreciated efforts and endeavors of Pugwash and Qatar for organizing the conference. The Taliban admitted to their lack of experience when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001.
Reading from the statement, Stanikzai said the Taliban wanted to continue the system of mujahideen, but the Americans toppled the regime calling it terrorist and started the war in Afghanistan.
He said the existence of foreign troops in Afghanistan was the main reason of instability. “Afghanistan is ranked among top corrupt nations and drug producing country. Therefore, Afghanistan is passing through crises and has lost its direction,” the statement said.
The Taliban said peace was the need of every human being, the nation and the country. “Life is meaningless without peace. Peace can’t come with slogans alone”.
In their statement, the Taliban demanded a specific office for the continuation of the peace process and asked the international community to officially recognise their office.
They also called for the removal of some Taliban leaders from the US and the UN blacklists. They asked the Afghan government to nominate officials who were not corrupt and wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan.
They further added “there are some government officials who want to use peace as a strategic tool and are not sincere at all. Peace can only be achieved if all the issues which create hurdles in peace process are removed,” the statement said.
The Taliban demanded foreign troop’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and accused the Afghan government of not making peace with the Taliban a priority.
The rebels urged the international community and neighbour states to play their part for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
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