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‘Plan-II’ if government’s peace offer fails: Khpalwak

‘Plan-II’ if government’s peace offer fails: Khpalwak

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Apr 14, 2018 - 19:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) on Saturday expressed cautious optimism about entering peace negotiations with the Talibaninfo-icon, saying “two other plans” were also in place if the insurgents did not respond to the government’s offer.

On February 28, President Ashraf Ghani outlined a new roadmap for peace and said his government wanted to enter a ceasefire with the Taliban without any preconditions.

“If they promise shunning the insurgency, Taliban prisoners may be freed and their names struck off from international blacklists. Former fighters and refugees could be reintegrated and provided with job opportunities.”

HPC secretary Mohammad Akram Khpalwak, addressing today’s Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon session, said the government’s peace strategy was in line with all requirements of the peace process.

He said the peace plan with the Taliban had been developed in consultations with all segments of the societyinfo-icon.

 “If the Taliban do not positively respond to this offer of the government, they will lose people’s support and the public would upraise against them,” he said.

Khpalwak said the HPC was ready to listen to effective advises for peace in the country. “We also have plan-2 and plan-3, if the first plan fails, we are waiting for another two months (to hear a response from the Taliban), otherwise we will share our second plan with the people and implement it,” Khpalwak said.

He did not provide more details about the next two plans, but said they had been developed by leadership of the national unity government and after a review into the peace process.

“We are cautiously optimistic about having peace talks soon. According to our information, there is serious discussion ongoing within the Taliban, especially, after the peace offer and a mounting national and international pressure,” he said, explaining that hopes existed for peace but it might take a long time and face problems.

Khpalwak said the HPC had the plan to extend the peace seeking movements which had started in provincial capitals, to villages. “Because peace cannot be established until peace advocacy movements emerge in villages.”

The HPC secretary said a trilateral meeting between ulemainfo-icon of Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon and Indonesia would be held in the next one month.

“We have also shared the Afghanistan conflict with major Islamic institutes such as Haramain al Sharifain, Al-Azhar University, Jamia Deoband Pakistan and some others and all these sources say Jihadinfo-icon in Afghanistan is illegitimate,” Khpalwak concluded.

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