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No sign of peace progress in 8 months: Analysts

No sign of peace progress in 8 months: Analysts

May 28, 2015 - 17:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): It has been eight months since formation of the national unity government, but there is still no significant progress in peace talks with Talibaninfo-icon.

However, analysts stress safeguarding of constitution and past achievements.

With the formation of unity government, efforts to move peace process forward amid Pakistaninfo-icon pledge to cooperate in the negotiations that should start in March but no sign of talks is visible.

Today, Thursday, the unity government has completed eight months of its governance but growing insecurity and militants’ attacks continue to haunt common Afghans.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani while taking oath on September 29, 2014 pledged peace negotiation was among his top priorities. He had stressed that peace with Taliban was not simple but making it a success was mandatory.

A number of experts said talks process should not be carried out in haste but it should be progressed with a clear strategy and the achievements made in the past 13 years should not be damaged.

A member of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament Nahed Farid welcomed the opening of office for the Taliban militants in Qatar for peace talks but said the office was not a privilege for Taliban.

She said the government should not cross red lines to damage the constitution or achievements of past 13 years during talks with Taliban.

Eng. Mohammad Khan, the first vice-president for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said opening the Qatar office was good if Taliban militants come to negotiation.

“If Taliban add new conditions or they oppose the current constitution of Afghanistaninfo-icon, then I think the opening of the office will be ineffective,” Khan said.

Last month, a Canadian organization Pugwash organized a two-day seminar in Qatar between Afghan officials and Taliban where High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) officials, political parties, civil societyinfo-icon activists, Taliban leaders and Hizb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) were participated.

Some analysts believe Afghan government had no clear plan for peace negotiations.

A political analyst Abdul Hameed Mamnon said the government should work out clear strategy for talks and explain demands of both sides to the people.

However, an HPC member Shahidullah Shahid said efforts for the peace talks were underway. Taliban would be asked to ensure ceasefire if the peace negotiations begin face-to-face, he said.

He added peace was very important at the current time because insecurity was on the surge in all parts of the country.

The president on the head of a delegation is scheduled to visit Qatar next week. The aim of his visit is not clear but likely he would pave ground for peace talks with the Taliban.



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