Afghans optimistic of peace overture in Islamabad

Create: 07/08/2015 - 13:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of capital Kabul expressed optimism that talks between Afghan government and Taliban in Islamabad would pave way for reconciliation in the country while some termed such meeting useless and wastage of time.
A delegation of Afghan government held face-to-face talks with a Taliban delegation in Murree--- a tourist resort close to Islamabad--- last night, a well-placed source had said.
The talks continued on Tuesday, the source said, adding that a four-member Afghan government delegation had held extensive round of talks with a three-member Taliban delegation.
The names of participants from both sides were kept secret, however, it was reported that Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai, President Advisor Haji Din Mohammad and members of the High Peace Council (HPC) were representing the Afghan government during the talks.
On the other side, Maulvi Jalil, Mullah Abbas Stanikzai and Qari Din Mohammad represented Taliban side.
Taliban have not yet spoken on the Islamabad talks, however, the group had earlier said that Qatar-based Taliban was an authorized body for negotiations.
Syed Rahman, a resident of Chahar Rahi-i-Qambar, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The two sides had held several rounds of talks earlier but this time it looked that Taliban were more serious about peace in Afghanistan.”
With the emergence of Daesh, Taliban felt threatened and wanted to make the peace talks successful.
Mohammad Daud Mayar, a political analyst, said Taliban and the Afghan government were two independent entities and both should move forward to achieve peace in larger interest of Afghanistan.
He believed there was nothing to go against peace talks as everyone including the regional countries wanted peace to prevail.
Bari Salam, a civil society activist and resident of the locality, expressed suspicion about the role of Pakistan.
Shah Jahan Sarwari, a woman activist, was pessimistic about success of peace talks in Islamabad. She doubted Pakistan’s sincerity and alleged that neighboring country would deceive Afghanistan.
She urged Afghan government to be more cautious in peace talks with Taliban and keep an eye on Pakistan’s designs.