Islamabad talks may yield positive results: Analysts
However, some of them have still doubts about Pakistan’s sincerity to resolve the Afghan conflict.
According to Afghan officials in a four-hour meeting in Islamabad that was being observed by the US and China, six officials were representing Afghan government, while Taliban were represented by three high-ranking members.
The second round of talks would most probably take place after the holy month of Ramazan in China.
Mohammad Yunus Fakoor, a political analyst, said: “They fought against us for 15 years and said they won’t talk to Afghan government. I consider this a minor diplomatic success for Ghani that for the first time Taliban are sitting with Afghan government for talks.”
Fakoor said Taliban representatives in the talks were influential members of the group.
Hekmat Khalil Karzai, deputy foreign minister and member of the Afghan delegation in Islamabad talks said Taliban representatives were authorized by the Quetta Shura and Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, acting head of the Taliban leadership.
Taliban group was represented by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Rahmani, Mullah Abdul Jalil Akhund, Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund, Haji Ibrahim Haqqani, Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund, Mullah Esa Akhund and Maulvi Abdul Latif Mansoor at the meeting.
Such talks should continue to reach stop fighting, Fakoor said, adding that Taliban should be included as a political movement in Afghan government rather than the government becoming part of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirates.
Bashir Bezhan, another analyst, said the government could talk from a strong position if its leaders put aside their differences. “Islamabad talks are apparently unprecedented and it should continue.”
“But there are also doubts about these talks with people and politicians that need to be elaborated. Because Taliban’s office in Qatar has said that only that office could represent the group,” he noted.
Bezhan continued: “Another concern is that the Afghan government does not have programmes for peace. Their programme should be approved by the people because only then national incentive and public support would be created for it.”
Regarding Pakistan’s role, he said: We don’t trust Pakistan and we consider Pakistan behind all the incidents in Afghanistan. We are not sure if Pakistan has changed its intentions”
“People do not want a peace that has higher price than war,” he concluded.
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