'Afghan Taliban will not join peace talks'

Published: March 5, 2016


PHOTO: RUSSIA INSIDER A file photo of the Afghan Taliban. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban announced on Saturday that they would not join peace negotiations, which were to be held in Pakistan.

“We want to categorically announce that neither the Amir-ul-Momineen (commander of faithful) nor the Leadership Council of the Islamic Emirate has decided to join the talks under the quadrilateral process,” a statement from the Taliban leadership council said.

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The formal announcement comes amid diplomatic efforts by Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States to hold direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban groups by the first week of March.

Earlier, a quadrilateral meeting held in Kabul on February 23 decided that talks between the two groups would be held in Pakistan. Further, the Taliban said their political office in Qatar has not yet been approached for talks and that the group’s chief, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, has not allowed anyone to take part in the talks.

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Pakistan was scheduled to host direct talks between the government in Kabul and Afghan Taliban, including other insurgent groups, by the first week of March.

Afghan officials had also shared with Pakistan a list of Taliban leaders who they wanted to attend direct talks with.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Imran Bhatt
    Mar 5, 2016 - 5:36PM

    So what host can represent his guest in talks. Recommend

  • Iqbal Afghan
    Mar 5, 2016 - 5:42PM

    No talk? so be it!

    It’s time for Pakistani army to take action against these terrorists living in Pakistan. Enough is enough!!!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 5, 2016 - 6:25PM

    Its so stupid to expect peace from Taliban. Eliminate them completely or surrender to them and let them cut your throats. There is no middle ground.Recommend

  • Guldar Ali Khan Wazir
    Mar 5, 2016 - 7:57PM

    Taliban may withdraw the announcement soon as Pakistan comes in formal contact with them. Their condition to open Qatar-based office is no matter of concern and the QG members may unreluctantly accept it. However, if they stick to their gun regarding pull out of foreign troops from Afghanistan, this demand is unlikely to be met by the stake holders and it can stall the ongoing peace process which, in turn puts the regional peace at stake. The Taliban leadership must realise that their future is linked to peace and reconciliation, and not war and they shun the intransigence to break the deadlock. Sustainable peace is a sine qua non for development and prosperity of the impoverished Afghan nation. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 5, 2016 - 10:22PM

    @Iqbal Afghan:

    It’s time for Pakistani army to take action against these terrorists living in Pakistan. Enough is enough!!!

    You are kidding, right? Sartaj Aziz just admitted we are harbouring them.Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Mar 5, 2016 - 10:52PM

    According to Sartaj Aziz, the Taliban leadership was threatened with expulsion if they refused to negotiate with the quadrilateral group and now is the time to carry out this threat.

    The people of Afghanistan and Pakistan has seen enough blooshed from these terrorists and it is high time they eliminated this threat, which is a hindrance to regional stability and mega projects like TAPI and CASA-1000. Recommend

  • khattak
    Mar 6, 2016 - 2:34AM

    If we realy want to eliminate TTP & avoid massacres like APS & BKU, this is the time to do police operation in Kuchlak & Peshawar & arrest self declared amir ul momineens(jahileens).Recommend

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