Islamabad wants Doha venue for Afghan peace talks
“Pakistan is wary of the pressure that comes to it in the event of hosting the talks and the expectation from it to bring all Taliban factions to the negotiating table,” the Express Tribune reported.
The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) invited all Taliban groups last month to join direct talks with the Afghan government. Islamabad had shown its willingness to host the parleys.
According to the newspaper, Pakistan thinks bringing the main Taliban groups to the negotiating table could be a tough task, as the Afghan insurgents prepare for the spring offensive.
Despite the Taliban’s refusal to join the peace process, the newspaper said, efforts were being made to convince the militant movement to water down its position on dialogue.
President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the peace process had become complicated because of the regional and global aspects of the war in Afghanistan.
Ghani called peace a longstanding demand of every Afghan, but the conflict’s external dimensions had made the process very complicated. He stressed preparedness for the worst situation and planning for the best-case scenario.
However, he underlined the need for lasting peace, something that needed patience. The president said it would be premature to comment on the outcome of the peace negotiations.
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