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Kandaharis oppose peace deal that can spark another war

Kandaharis oppose peace deal that can spark another war

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Mar 19, 2019 - 11:45

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Kandahar province say they do not want a peace agreement that could touch off another devastating conflict in the country.

At a massive gathering here on Monday, they welcomed recent remarks of National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib about peace negotiations between the US and Talibaninfo-icon.

Dozens of Islamic scholars, influential figures, youths, civil societyinfo-icon activists, culturists and womeninfo-icon rights campaigners participated in the gathering.

Mohammad Yar Yar, a cultural and political activist, told the gathering: “The people of Afghanistaninfo-icon don’t want a peace deal that may spark another.”

From the recent peace talks in Qatar, he complained, representatives of the Afghan government were excluded despite Kabulinfo-icon’s willingness to join the marathon meetings in Doha.

If any party -- Kabul, the US or Taliban -- was left out of the peace process, the result of such talks would not be productive, Yar warned.

Earlier, Mohib told reporters and a think tank in Washington that US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad was keeping the Afghan government in the dark about his talks with the Taliban and had personal ambitions in Afghanistan.

“We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Mohib told reporters at a news conference last Thursday.

He reminded the US that despite championing the cause of human rights and the freedom of expression, it did not heed calls from the Afghans for inclusion in in the peace negotiations.

Haji Mohammad Qaseem, a tribal elder, said the entire nation supported the NSA’s views because he had been trying to ensure the dignity and honour of the Afghan government and people.

He said the Afghans desired a peace deal with clear objectives; they did not want foreign powers to put their words in Taliban’s mouths. .

A number of residents held similar views and welcome the recent utterances of the Mohib about the peace process.

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