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Civil society networks say talks with Taliban to yield no result

Civil society networks say talks with Taliban to yield no result

Aug 09, 2015 - 14:16

BAMYAN (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists in Bamyan on Sunday voiced concerns regarding government’s weak approach in talks with Talibaninfo-icon and dubbed the negotiations a futile exercise.

They were of the opinion that the government should talk to the countries such as Pakistaninfo-icon that were backing Taliban.

Ibrahim Tola, a civil society activist, told journalists the more the peace process with insurgents was becoming formal the more it gave surge to bombings and suicide attacks. He blamed government’s weak stance regarding peace process.

He added peace with Taliban was fruitless and the government needed to change strategy and hold direct talks with the regional intelligence agencies, especially Pakistan’s for tangible results.

The first formal talks between Taliban and Afghan government’s representatives took place last month in Murree near Pakistani capital Islamabad. The second round of talks was supposed to take place last week but had to be postponed indefinitely following the news of Mullahinfo-icon Mohammad Omar’s death.

Mullah Omar, the group’s supremo had apparently died two years back. He is now replaced by Mullah Akhtar Mansour despite opposition from some members of the group.

Tola also blasted the security forces for failing to detect trucks full of explosive that was brought to capital Kabulinfo-icon, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians.

“I urge the National Security Council to work on an ideal security strategy and to prosecute those who are negligent in security matters,” he remarked.

In three blasts in Shah Shaeed, Police Academy, and Qasaba locality of Kabul more than 50 people have died and around 500 more wounded.

Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, Bamyan university lecturer, said peace process was a failure and the government needed to revise its policy towards the process.

The activist also issues a statement, where in its first article it states that a country-wide ceasfire should be announced or the government should not enter into peace talks with the Taliban.

They also urged the hajjinfo-icon and religious affairs ministry to keep an eye on all seminaries and religious schools to avoid further extremism among students.

They also urged the civil society organisations to thoroughly monitor the peace process and raise their voices against any element that was against human rights values.



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