Former interior minister Daudzai apologises to Taliban
The Pugwash Conferences, is a Canadian Nobel Prize-winning science group promoting solutions to armed conflicts, hosted the two-day conference on January 23-24 in Qatar.
Sixteen representatives from the Taliban, parliamentarians, politicians and civil society activists participated in the meeting.
A participant of the event, Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News 14 members of Taliban’s Qatar office among 16 representatives of the group took part in the meeting.
Nearly 30 people, including parliamentarians, government officials, the president’s cousin, Qayyum Kuchi, former interior minister Omar Daudzai, Anwarul Haq Ahady and civil society activists were also in attendance.
After remarks from Taliban representatives, the former deputy minister of labour and social affairs, Dr. Hassamuddin Hamrah, hailing from Panjsher province, asked the participants to offer fateha for Mullah Omer.
During his speech on the second day of the conference, according to Haqyar, Hamrah was impressed by the remarks from Taliban members and sought prayers for their supreme leader.
In a gesture of reciprocity, Daudzai made a strong pitch for peaceful coexistence, saying the Taliban had suffered a lot over the past few years,when they were tortured at the Guantanamo detention centre.
“I have worked as an ambassador, head of the president’s office and interior minister. I apologise to the Taliban if they have been bothered by me,” Haqyar quoted Daudzai as saying.
But a colleague of Daudzai, Mohammad Sangar Amirzada, said that the ex-minister’s remarks had been quoted out of context. According to him, Daudzai said the people who committed cruelty should apologise.
If any injustice had been committed by the Taliban, they should tender an apology for that and he apologised for any wrongdoing that he might have been guilty of, Amirzada quoted Daudzai as saying.
Kuchi referred to Taliban’s atrocities, accusing the insurgents of forcing them to leave their areas and houses, Haqyar recalled.
The president did not have an enmity with the Taliban, but wanted to reconcile with them and that was why he had initiated the peace process, Kuchi argued. “Ghani is not you foe; your enemy is (Prof.) Sayyaf.”
For their part, the Taliban defended their stance on the deadly attack on the Tolo News van, explaining they did not want to harm any other media outlets.
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