Pakistan supports 'talks' between Afghan govt, Taliban in Qatar: Aizaz Chaudhry

Published: May 3, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomed talks between the Afghan Taliban and members of a Kabul-backed negotiators in Qatar where both sides sat face-to-face for a second day on Sunday to share proposals on reconciliation.

“We support any formal or informal talks that lead to reconciliation in Afghanistan,” Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told The Express Tribune at the Foreign Office when asked about Pakistan’s response to the conference in Qatar.

“Pakistan backs every gathering aimed at achieving the goal of the peace in Afghanistan,” he said.

The meeting was organised by the Canadian-based Pugwash, a group that claims to promote dialogues.

A Taliban source from Qatar told The Express Tribune on Sunday that head of the eight-member Taliban delegation, Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, read out a written statement in the conference that could also be released to the media.

The Taliban spokesman says participation in the Qatar conference “should not be misconstrued as peace or negotiation talks.”

Read: Afghan delegation to meet with Taliban in Qatar: officials

A 20-member delegation from Afghanistan including members of the High Peace Council is attending the conference which has assumed importance at a time when Taliban have refused to join the intra-Afghan dialogue. The peace council members include its spokesperson Maulvi Shehzada Shahid and a senior member Attaulah Ludin.

A two-member team of Hizb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar), the second largest resistance movement in Afghanistan, is also part of the Qatar talks.

The official Qatar News Agency has described the meeting as “reconciliation” talks.

“The dialogue will take place through open discussions about the Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan,” the agency reported.

It is third time the Taliban are attending a conference along with the representatives of the Afghan government. The Taliban political council’s members had earlier attended similar meetings in France and Japan but did not hold direct talks with the Afghan regime.

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  • Jalal
    May 3, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Killers of 60,000 Pakistanis the Taliban are good, but MQM are bad..hmmm. Strange things happen in Punjabistan.Recommend

  • get of your high horse
    May 3, 2015 - 9:22PM

    @Jalal

    Punjabistan? Okay, lets ignore history for a second, which contradicts you; what you just said is nothing more than racism.

    Next, this is the Afghan Taliban, they’ve technically never targeted Pakistan. Also, this isn’t about who’s a good guy or bad guy (yes, the Taliban are bad guys) this is about peace. Lets not ignore the fact that this is being held by a foreign nation, NOT Pakistan.

    MQM is worse than the Taliban, because at least we know where the taliban’s loyalty is. MQM, pretends to be loyal to Pakistan, while taking funding and training from raw. It is no surprise to me that our dear ssp was targeted for assassination, almost immediately after he accused MQM of being a RAW funded terror group. We all know the ttp works for RAW, and we all know MQM works for RAW, no surprise that they’re protecting each other with India’s help.

    Punjabistan is a phrase that has been popularized by enemies of Pakistan. Are you an enemy of Pakistan? Tread lightly, when you answer this question.Recommend

  • Jalal
    May 3, 2015 - 9:46PM

    @get of your high horse:

    Punjabistan is a phrase that has been popularized by enemies of Pakistan. Are you an enemy of Pakistan? Tread lightly, when you answer this question.

    Punjabis always blame anyone except them as enemy of Pakistan (Bengalis, Baluchis, Urdu Speakers, Pakhtoons, Sindhis you name it); meaning Pakistan only belongs to Punjabis. Hence its Punjabistan as I said and I am proven correct by you. Recommend

  • Prodigy
    May 3, 2015 - 10:51PM

    @Jalal

    There is not much difference. The only difference is one being in assemblies and present secular outlook, whereas the others do violence while presenting a religious outlook. Violence and anti-state designs are the commonalities.Recommend

  • Get off your high horse
    May 4, 2015 - 12:18AM

    @Jalal

    Way to ignore a vast majority of my points, and nitpick a single sentence to target. Use a bit of logic, when you reply to people.

    I’m not even Punjabi and your logic is ridiculous. Place the blame where the blame lies.

    While it is true that Punjab has far too many privileges (which is why I and many advocate splitting Punjab into at least two provinces), Punjab is not responsible for the crimes in Karachi, MQM is. MQM is now the largest party in Karachi and Sindh, and with the recent elections, it’s the third largest party in Pakistan. You cannot blame Punjab for the crimes spree in Sindh.

    If you truly cared about Pakistan, you would called Pakistan : Pakistan, not Punjabistan, but you won’t. You have more loyalty to Altaf Hussain and MQM, than you do towards Pakistan, that much is clear.

    It’s clear to everyone that MQM is just as dangerous as the taliban.Recommend

  • someone
    May 4, 2015 - 12:31AM

    Pakistan wants Afghan govt. to talk to Taliban , despite Taliban not surrendering the weapons. On the other hand, Pakistan is on full scale war with Taliban in Pakistan. Why the double standard? Recommend

  • Beet Neeka
    May 4, 2015 - 2:45AM

    Punjabis are using this Raw agent certificate very generously. MQM was the last tribe to be certified as such. Recommend

  • Pir Roshan
    May 4, 2015 - 2:57AM

    Either Taliban has to talk peace or the sanctuaries has to go. Lets swim not sink together with Afghanistan. It is good Pakistan is keeping its promise by asking Taliban to come to peace talks. Mollas can’t run modern Governments of 21st Century, they failed miserably everywhere. Kabul was destroyed by Gulbadin Hizb Islami & Rabani Jumat Islami, Taliban provided an opportunity for 58 countries together under UN resolution to destroy the rest of Afghanistan. They can not run a village mosque & dreaming of ruling Afghanistan being specialist in rocket launchers. Any bit on Taliban is loose-loose business. Our God father China is watching us closely & the price tag is not less than $46 billion.Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 4, 2015 - 3:25AM

    I want peaceful world and educated,talking between Afghanistan a d Talaban is good sign wishes good luck Recommend

  • Prada
    May 4, 2015 - 6:31AM

    Can somebody tell me once again why Pakistan needs to “support” any talks with whoever a sovereign nation like Afghanistan wants to talk to? How much has Pakistan invested in Afghanistan if it wants to protect its “interest”?Recommend

  • ajeet
    May 4, 2015 - 9:48AM

    Pakistan too should talk to the baluch freedom fighters and give them independence.Recommend

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