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Ready for talks under Taliban-preferred mechanism: HPC

Ready for talks under Taliban-preferred mechanism: HPC

Dec 06, 2017 - 21:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) on Wednesday extended an olive branch to the Talibaninfo-icon, saying it was ready for talks under whatever mechanism the insurgents wanted.

The government-created peace body asked the Taliban to present their plan for peace talks and said it was even ready to open a political office for Taliban in capital Kabul.

HPC head Mohammad Karim Khalili, speaking at a press conference here, said the council had completed its internal works and prepared necessary conditions during the last five months. “We have entered a new stage of pursuing direct or indirect talks with the Taliban.”

“We are very optimistic today that we are taking steps towards our main goals -- ensuring peace and ending the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon. Capabilities have been created in this institution and we hope we will have achievements as well,” he said.

Khalili said the HPC conducted consultative meetings with political parties, influential figures, religious scholars, civil societyinfo-icon institutes and womeninfo-icon about the peace process.

He added the council would keep people in the loop at every phase of the peace process and the public would not be kept in the dark about any decision in this regard.

He called a recent trip of HPC delegation to Indonesia as productive, saying the president of Indonesia and ulemainfo-icon of the country termed the ongoing war in Afghanistan as illegitimate and against Islamic teachings.

Indonesian authorities showed their full support to the Afghan peace process and promised to create regional and international consensus about bringing peace to Afghanistan, he added.

Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, HPC secretariat head, also spoke on the occasion, saying the council had embarked on a specific strategy for holding meetings and bringing the Taliban to negotiation table.

According to him, it was set a huge gathering would be conducted in Kabul next month to be participated by ulema, politicians, political parties’ representatives, tribal elders, civil society groups and women.

“We want Taliban to present their peace talks mechanism and we are ready to start dialogue based on their mechanism.”

According to Khpalwak, the Afghan government and HPC had no precondition for starting peace talks with the Taliban and they sincerely call upon Taliban to come to the negotiation table.

“Through every way the Taliban suggest -- tribal jirgas, welfare organizations, or mediation of jihadi figures and religious scholars – the government and HPC is ready to initiate dialogue.”

“We urge the Taliban leaders in Qatar, Pakistaninfo-icon or any other country to join peace like the Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan (HIA) and if they want we are ready to open a political office for them and provide them with all facilities.”

He said all global and regional countries supported intra-Afghan peace process and only Pakistan didn’t want peace in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan has so far been not cooperating in bringing peace. And Afghan government stresses it doesn’t want peace from Pakistan but wants the country to only support peace in Afghanistan.”


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