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Ex-rebel leader against foreign meddling in peace talks

Ex-rebel leader against foreign meddling in peace talks

Jul 23, 2015 - 19:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): "Afghanistaninfo-icon High Rescue Council (AHRC)" on Thursday said “biased neighbours” and other foreign countries should not be allowed to meddle in the Afghan peace process.

AHRC head and former Talibaninfo-icon official Maulviinfo-icon Syed Akbar Agha told a party gathering that their aim was to unite the Afghans. “We are gathered here to unite Afghans. We want a ceasefire deal during the peace talks which cannot succeed if bloodshed continues.”

Agha, who led the Taliban’s Jaish-i-Muslimeen wing during their regime, said the Afghans would trust more the peace process if a ceasefire deal was struck.

Without naming anyone, Agha said there were individuals in Afghanistan who could better mediate between the government and the Taliban and could bolster people’s trust in the peace process.

“The Afghan nation is ready to offer guarantee to America, China and Pakistaninfo-icon that they can solve their differences on their own,” he said.

Calling durable peace vital for Afghans, he said: “The peace process will yield no results until it lacks transparency and the people are kept in dark about progress in the talks.”

He said the peace process should be managed by Afghans because it was their right.

“If the Afghan government and the nation allow the AHRC, it is ready to mobilise the nation over the next two months to decide about the peace process,” he said.

Eng. Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai, who heads the Islamic Authority Party, is a member of AHRC, said the ongoing war in Afghanistan would not come to an end until all Afghans stood united and worked together for peace.

He criticised foreign meddling in the peace process, saying the Afghans themselves were ready to mediate between the government and the Taliban.


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