Kabul urges Pakistan to target Afghan Taliban

Deputy presidential spokesperson says Pakistan should adopt policies against Taliban similar to Afghanistan’s stance

Tahir Khan October 25, 2015
Afghanistan's deputy presidential spokesperson, Syed Zafar Hashemi. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's remarks that Pakistan could not bring Taliban to the negotiating table “and be asked to kill them at the same time,” the government in Kabul has urged Islamabad to take action against Afghan Taliban.

In a joint-statement after a meeting between the premier and US President Barack Obama, both the leaders had called on the Taliban to “enter into direct talks with Kabul and work towards a sustainable peace settlement.”

PM Nawaz during his talk at a US think thank had also said he had conveyed to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Pakistan was prepared to assist peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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However, the Afghan government seems unimpressed by the premier’s quest for the revival of the peace process.

“Pakistan should adopt policies against the Taliban similar to the Afghanistan’s stance,” deputy presidential spokesperson Sayed Zafar Hashemi said on Sunday in an apparent reaction to the prime ministers’ comments.

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“Pakistani government should deal with the Taliban in line with the same interpretation they have set against any terrorist activities on their own soil,” the spokesperson was quoted by a section of the Afghan media as saying.

The Afghan government is ready to hold peace negotiations with those Taliban who accept the Afghan constitution and lay down arms, the spokesperson added.

“But we will talk to those who accept our conditions, respect whatever has been achieved over the past 10 years, and do not fight in Afghanistan for the interests of others,” Hashemi said.

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Renewing his offer to the Afghan government, PM Nawaz during his recent address at the United States Institute of Peace had said: “I have again conveyed to President Ashraf Ghani that, if he desires, we are prepared to assist in reviving the talks between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban. But we cannot bring them to the table and be asked to kill them at the same time”.

Despite Kabul’s vague stance on peace talks, officials in Pakistan insist they are ready to help in the revival of peace negotiations that faced a deadlock following confirmation of the death of Taliban supremo Mullah Omar in late July.


jg | 5 years ago | Reply @cautious: Then better ask pakistan to come and take out terrorists and also it should shut up and don't blame pakistan for its failures or inability
Sarwar | 5 years ago | Reply Targeting Afghan Taliban will not be successful unless a full-fledged operation is taken within Afghanistan at the same time. That the Ashraf Ghani regime would not like since it would entail Pak intervention in Afghanistan. This should have been clear to the Afghan spokesman. Even Obama has called for direct talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Ashraf Ghani government. So the Americans make it clear that the Afghan Taliban cannot be wished away.
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