e-Ariana - Todays Afghan News
 Home 
 News 
 Articles 
 Cartoons 
 Feedback 
 Opinion  
 Contact Us  
 An Ariana Media Publication 08/23/2014
 Afghan reconciliation still seen uphill task

Xinhua
07/12/2012
By Abdul Haleem

[Printer Friendly Version]

KABUL - Amid the ongoing national and international efforts to bring Taliban militants to negotiating table, Afghan observers show pessimism on the outlook of the government-initiated national reconciliation.

"No talks with Taliban will yield the desired outcome, it makes no difference whether the talks are held in Qatar, Paris, Japan or anywhere in the world," Afghan political analyst Faizullah Jalal told Xinhua on Wednesday.

He made this comment in the wake of reported negotiations between Afghan warring sides in Japan.

President Hamid Karzai during his stay in Tokyo revealed at a press conference that recently representatives of Taliban namely Qari Din Mohammad, of another militant group Hizb-e-Islami or the Islamic Party and of the government-backed High Council for Peace held meeting at Doshisha University in Kyoto city of Japan.

On Sunday, Karzai attended an international conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo where the world community pledged 16 billion U.S. dollars for the next four years to the militancy-plagued central Asian state.

The Afghan president at the press conference also said that Taliban representative Qari Din Mohammad expressed readiness to initiate peace talks with his government.

However, the Taliban in a sharp reaction rejected any talks with the government of Afghanistan as baseless.

In a statement posted Monday on the outfit's website, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid utterly rebuffed any talks in Japan with the government, saying "there was a research conference at Doshisha University on June 27 where the delegation of Islamic Emirate (name of ousted Taliban regime) presented its viewpoints."

The Taliban statement also stated that the "delegation of the Islamic Emirate did not hold any talks with the delegation of Karzai administration and any report in this regard is baseless."

Jalal, also a professor at Kabul University, was of the view that the Taliban like in the past would not negotiate with the government.

Taliban fighters who had staged a violent comeback in 2006, years after their 2001 collapse under U.S.-led military campaign, have repeatedly rejected any peace talks offered by the government.

The hardliner outfit has conditioned such talks with the withdrawal of NATO-led troops from Afghanistan, saying there will be no dialogue with the government in the presence of foreign troops, a condition unacceptable to both Afghan administration and the military alliance.

"Taliban's adamant stance has proved in the past they do not believe in peace talks and so no peace efforts would deliver in future," Professor Jalal said.

Taliban militants fighting the government and 130,000-strong- NATO-led forces with some 90,000 Americans have often vowed to continue Jihad or holy war till the pullout of the foreign troops from Afghanistan.

"Achieving peace through dialogue in Afghanistan is a challenging practice. The peace efforts have been practising by successive regimes since 1980s but all in vain," observed Karimullah, a 65-year-old Afghan citizen.

"According to my experiences from the past three decades of conflicts, peace efforts in Afghanistan resembles snail pace to climb the Hindu Kush summit," said the old man, referring to the regional mountain Hindu Kush with Tirich Mir as its peak some 7, 700 meters above sea level.

Back to Top



Other Stories:


Has Afghan election fraud controversy been defused?
The Christian Science Monitor (06/25/2014)

Moscow’s Afghan Endgame
The Diplomat (06/25/2014)

Apologize to people, MPs asks Abdullah
Pajhwok (06/25/2014)

The Men Who Run Afghanistan
The Atlantic (06/23/2014)

After Karzai
The Atlantic (06/23/2014)

IEC secretary announces resignation
Pajhwok (06/23/2014)

IECC spurns Abdullah’s claim; hails UN intervention
Pajhwok (06/23/2014)

Afghan election crisis: 'stuffed sheep' recordings suggest large-scale fraud
The Guardian (06/23/2014)

Foreign spies trading on poll crisis: People
Pajhwok (06/22/2014)

Election commission office closed in Kunduz due to security threats
Khaama Press (06/22/2014)

Afghan Leader Backs U.N. Election Role
The New York Times (06/21/2014)

Tensions mount over Afghan vote, protest held in Kabul
Reuters (06/21/2014)

Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud
The Associated Press (06/21/2014)

Afghan Presidential Election Takes Dangerous Turn
The Huffington Post (06/21/2014)

20,000 Heratis being sent to Iran for work
Pajhwok (12/27/2013)

At Kabul airport, exodus of U.S. aid goes on
The Washington Post (12/27/2013)

Haqqani Network leaders sexually abuse teenager boys
Khama Press (12/27/2013)

Unemployment, Crime Rising Ahead Of Troop Pullout
Tolo (12/27/2013)

British army head warns Taliban could retake key territory in south
Khama Press (12/27/2013)

Election Officials Emphasize Impartial Surveys
Tolo (12/27/2013)

A Complete US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Would Be 'A Complete Catastrophe' For Civilian Aid
Reuters (12/27/2013)

Facing Big Changes, Anxious Afghans Hope For The Best In 2014
NPR (12/27/2013)

Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia Are the World's Most Corrupt Countries, With China in the Middle
businessweek.com (12/04/2013)

Poetry of Betrayal: Afghan Elections and Transitional Justice
Beacon Reader (10/25/2013)

Couple beheaded in Helmand province for having love affair
Khaama Press (10/25/2013)

US senator says no aid for Afghanistan unless security deal finalized
Khaama Press (10/25/2013)

Would-be child bombers detained: NDS
Pajhwok (10/25/2013)

Afghanistan
PJ (10/24/2013)

The Afghan dead find a list
Inter Press Service (10/24/2013)

10 runners shortlisted in 2014 presidential race
Pajhwok (10/24/2013)


Back to Top