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Senate: Intra-Afghan dialogue key to peace

Senate: Intra-Afghan dialogue key to peace

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Oct 06, 2019 - 18:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon or Senate members on Sunday criticized a Talibaninfo-icon’s deletion visit to Pakistaninfo-icon and called for initiation of intra-Afghan dialogue to end the country’s conflict.

On September 8, US President Donald Trump called off peace talks with Taliban after a car bombing in Kabul killed at least 10 people, including an American soldier.

After Trump called off peace talks, US special envoy for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad for the first time met a Taliban delegation in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, a few days back.

Muhiuddin Munsef, a senator from central Kapisa province, told today’s session, “The Taliban again held peace talks in another country, it would not be fruitful. Ceasefire should be announced and then intra-Afghan talks are launched before the Afghan government representatives are engaged.”

Anarkali Hunaryar, another lawmaker, termed Taliban talks in Pakistan as a failure and said: “We are waiting for the final result of September 28 presidential election and then the new president would start peace negotiations with the Taliban.”

Senator Mohammad Nadir Baloch from western Nimroz province accused Khalilzad of just making trips to a number of regional countries and added: “Zalmay Khalilzad has traveled nine times to different countries but fails to stop the ongoing conflict rather the war has intensified in the country.”

He expressed deep concern over ongoing causalities in the country, saying peace talks should not be held behind closed doors.

A day earlier, Idrees Zaman, deputy foreign minister, said Taliban’s Islamabad visit was not about the peace process but it was held over releasing two US prisoners with the rebels.

Baloch said until ceasefire, new president and intra-Afghan dialogue were not announced, the ongoing peace efforts would not be fruitful.

Senate secretary Abdullah Qarliq said: “If Khalilzad travels thousands of time, the Taliban would not declare truce and would not stop violence.”

Senate first deputy chairman Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, criticizing giving passports to Taliban, said: “As Taliban are a terrorist group and have killed and wounded thousands of innocent Afghans, it should be investigated which consulate provided them passports.”

Meanwhile, Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said Pakistan could not host Taliban for peace talks.

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