Reconciliation with Taliban: Precondition set for Islamabad’s role in peace talks

Published: October 11, 2015



A senior Afghan government official has said that Pakistan should first take action against groups that have ‘declared war’ on Afghanistan if it wants to play a role in the peace process.

The comment by Sayed Zafar Hashmi, the deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, came a day after Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Qazi Khailullah said Islamabad would facilitate another round of talks between Kabul and the Taliban if both sides desired.

“Pakistan should first crush those terrorist groups who have declared war on Afghanistan from Pakistan’s soil,” Hashmi told Pajhwok news agency on Saturday. “If Pakistan is ready to do so, then we will discuss the peace process.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also said on Saturday that his country wanted to bring the Taliban back to the negotiating table. Talking to journalists in Lahore, he admitted that the disclosure of Mullah Omar’s death had a ‘negative impact’ on the nascent Murree peace process.

“We had done a lot to encourage the Taliban to open talks at the request by the Afghan government. There was no need to break the news of Mullah Omar’s death as the second round of talks was scheduled to be held two days after the media broke the news,” he added.

Ghani’s deputy spokesperson said Kabul has never slammed the doors shut on talks with the Taliban. “We are willing for negotiations with every Afghan who agrees to talks within the ambit of the Afghan Constitution. But we will fight against those who prefer war,” Hashmi added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2015.

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  • Anon
    Oct 11, 2015 - 12:06PM

    Pakistan’s foreign office is failing against the Afghan attacks on Pakistan. Our policy should be reviewed and Afghan allegations should be given a befitting response and a counter narrative has to be provided. TTP is operating from Afghanistan and this issue should be raised in the public to counter Afghan allegations Recommend

  • Fahad
    Oct 11, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Dear Afghanistan ,what we can do is not let our land used against you by anyone. But to ask Pakistan anything more than that , you are asking for favors,which already Pakistan did by facilitating talks.
    Now you better concentrate on your home. We are not willing or desperate to be part any talks going on b\w afghan govt and Taliban. If you want to do it without taking Pakistan on board ,you are welcome to do so.Recommend

  • khattak
    Oct 11, 2015 - 2:53PM

    The brand new Amir ul Momineen Molla Mansoor has a gathering of thousands in Kuchlock Quetta photographed by US embassy & shown to Pak Foreign Office. This is recognition of parallel Government of Taliban & Ghani must feel the stupidity by trusting Pakistan & expecting anything but peace. You can not sucide bomb Kabul suburbs & ask for peace. How will Nawaz face Obama unless it is if US also running with hare & hunting with hounds.Recommend

  • ET
    Oct 11, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Afghanistan have a constitution? i’m surprised…!Recommend

  • MK
    Oct 11, 2015 - 3:28PM

    Afganisthan says “our terroristsTaliban are in Pakistan”
    Iran Says our terrorist Dhandullah in Pakistan
    China says East Turkimenistan Terrorists are in Pakistan

    India says our terrorists are in Pakistan

    Pakistan is surrounded by above four countries
    US dragged and killed world’s terrorist Laden in PakistanRecommend

  • Siraj Ahmed
    Oct 11, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Neither Afghanistan nor USA will trust Pakistan after its role in creating taliban and continuing to support it even now.Recommend

  • ET
    Oct 11, 2015 - 6:31PM

    @siraj even American media accepts that it was US who created Mujahids who later turned into Talibans. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 11, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Step 1 – Afghanistan has to hand over Fazllullah and his NDS/RAW handlers who planned, financed and orchestrated the APS childrens murder

    Step 2 – Anti Pakistan terror sanctuaries on Afghanistan have to be dismantled

    Step 3 – Afghanistan has to arrange for the immediate receipt of their 1.5m illegal immigrants / Afghan nationals

    Step 4 – There has to be a humane and structured repatriation of the 1.6m registered Afghans which Pakistan has been hosting

    THEN WE TALK Recommend

  • Oct 15, 2015 - 10:37PM

    Pakistan government should help afghanistan government on going conditions because afghani are our muslims brother’s and we must help them if we not soo this is also dangerous for pakistan also because if taliban can’t let peace in Afghanistan so slowly slowly they well also cover pakistan….

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