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Peace negotiations with Taliban a futile exercise: ASP

Peace negotiations with Taliban a futile exercise: ASP

Aug 02, 2015 - 15:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Terming peace talks with Talibaninfo-icon a wastage of time, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Solidarity Party (ASP) on Sunday vehemently condemned the militants group and its agenda.

The first round of face-to-face talks between Taliban and government was held in Islamabad last month. Both sides agreed to meet again. But the meeting was delayed following the death of Mullahinfo-icon Muhammad Omar.

In a gathering organised in the Shahr-i-Naw Park in Kabul, the workers of ASP condemned the policies of Taliban and dubbed the slain leader as a traitor.

Selai Ghaffar, the party spokeswoman, accused the government and Taliban for bloodshed in the country. She blamed officials for providing weapons to former commanders and Taliban to keep their insurgency on.

 She alleged the government for having complete understanding with the Taliban in reference with yesterday’s ceremony arranged to pray for the departed soul of Mullah Umar.

The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) on Saturday called the demise of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid as an opportunity to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Speaking to reporters, Abdul Hakim Mujahid, HPC acting head, asked the government to make use of the situation and push for stepping up peace negotiations with the Taliban.

On Thursday, the Taliban on confirmed the death of their leader but did not say when or where he died. Omar's healthinfo-icon deteriorated in the last two weeks and not for a single day did he go to Pakistaninfo-icon, they said.

Another HPC member Maulviinfo-icon Peer Mohammad Rohani said he and the Taliban leader had fought against foreigners together and prayed for the departed soul.


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