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In quest of consensus on peace, Daudzai to visit Pakistan

In quest of consensus on peace, Daudzai to visit Pakistan

Jan 02, 2019 - 15:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy and High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) Secretariat head said on Wednesday he would visit Pakistaninfo-icon soon for talks on regional consensus on peace.

Mohammad Omer Daudzai hoped that 2019 would be the year of peace for Afghanistaninfo-icon. “We really want to achieve peace,” said the former Afghan ambassador to Pakistan.

Addressing a gathering of HPC members and civil societyinfo-icon representatives here, the presidential aide said: “We should have a regional consensus and our first trip will be to Pakistan next week.”

After his visit to the neighbouring country, a decision would be taken on whether or not he should go Iran as well in quest of support for the Afghan peace process, added Daudzai.

However, the presidential advisor acknowledged three key questions regarding a peace deal with the insurgents were yet to be answered with clarity:

  1. What do regional countries want to achieve in Afghanistan?
  2. What do the Talibaninfo-icon want, an Islamic emirate or becoming part of the current system?
  3. What price will the Afghans pay for a peace agreement with the insurgent movement?

In order to find convincing answers to the three vital questions, the official said, they were holding consultations with the people. Kabul’s redlines and flexibility in negotiations with the Taliban came up for discussion at the gathering.

Civil society activists present at the gathering also shared their views.

Syed Ekram Afzali, head of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), said peace was the basic demand of every Afghan and every Afghan was ready to give up many things for peace.

“There is need for a complete transparency in the peace process and peace related institutions should be accountable to the nation and should give complete information,” he said.

Zakir Azizi, head of the Peace Studies Foundation, said the HPC should define as its red-lines the endorsement of the Constitutions, respect to womeninfo-icon’s rights, freedom of expression, endorsement of international conventions.

Haroon Mutarif, head of the Guzar Movement, said before the peace talks, it should be known who wanted peace and who were against it.

Civil society activist Shah Mahmood Miakhel said: “We should be careful about our methodology. We should use peace methodology while talking peace and fighting methodology when there is fighting.”

He said if the Taliban were dubbed as terrorists, they might agree to reconcile and stressed the need for a deep analysis and professional analysis of the peace talks.

Daudzai said the HPC role had been so far to facilitate talks between the Taliban and the government.

About the role of Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghan peace, in the peace process, Daudzai said the US envoy was only facilitating the peace process.

He, however, said Khalilzad could not represent the Afghan government in the peace process. “He is representing the US interest in the region and wants to develop regional consensus on Afghan peace process on the behalf of the US.”

He rejected the notion that the Afghan government had been sidelined in the peace talks.



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