1. Journalist Mohammad Ibrahim Spezalai:
The Afghans urgently need peace, but looking at the prevailing situation, there is no ray of hope. Neither the ongoing process is in the interest of stability nor is the environment favorable. The goal can be realised when both parties subordinate their petty gains to the supreme national interest.
2. Taxi driver Ahmadullah:
A ceasefire plus listening to each other’s demands is a basic need for peace. When the parties are devoid of this will, is peace possible? The ongoing war, part of a foreign agenda, will continue unless demands of the outsiders are implemented.
3. Resident Siddiullah Afghan:
In my opinion, America and Pakistan hold the key to peace and stability in our country. Peace in Afghanistan is tied to the US in the first place and Pakistan in the second. Given this reality, all other efforts are futile.
4. Private university student Fazal Bari Baryalai:
There are high hopes for peace, something both Pakistan and Afghanistan badly need. But sincere efforts have not been made in recent years. At times, reluctance on the part of some Taliban leaders and the personal interests of certain circles have impeded the quest for stability.
5. Kandahar dweller Jan Mohammad Saleh:
The ongoing conflict is yet to be clearly defined, and the so is the peace process that has made no progress. I hope President Ashraf Ghani will create a framework for the reconciliation drive.
6. Kabul Gate resident Izzatullah Omaid:
Meetings in Qatar, Denmark and other countries are not the way to make peace with the insurgents. The best option is to hold talks with the fighters and representatives of the countries aiding them within Afghanistan.
7. Private university student Najiba:
There is absolutely no point in making peace with the Taliban in the absence of peace with Pakistan. The past 14 years have proved the militants are fighting to protect outsiders’ interests. If their foreign masters don’t want, the fighters will not sit for talks. For durable stability, we have to negotiate with Pakistan.
8. Shopkeeper Abdul Samad:
The conflict has been raging for more than 40 years, and peace efforts underway for more or less the same period of time. With the war continuing apace, peace has been missing, and is unlikely to come to Afghanistan in the near future.
9. Government servant Sajida:
Optimism about peace in Afghanistan appears to have increased. The militants, who previously refused to hold talks with the authorities, have participated in a string of informal international conferences.
10. Kandahar resident Sana Samoon:
Looking at the current situation, peace is unlikely in the near future. With how many groups will the government seek peace? Daesh is a new fighting force in Afghanistan. The warring factions have no power to stop fighting; this authority rests with their financiers.
11. Arghandab grower Mohammad Saleem:
For stability in Afghanistan, we need to make peace with Pakistan first. President Ashraf Ghani made an important statement to the effect during a recent visit to Kandahar. Ghani said last week Pakistan had been in an undeclared war with Afghanistan during the past few years.
12. Kandahar shopkeeper Abdul Baqi:
The conflict will not end as long as poppy cultivation and drug smuggling do not stop. Big-time smugglers have to be nabbed and prosecuted.
13. Schoolteacher Mohammad Nader:
Peace in Afghanistan will be an issue unless there is a genuine interest in stability at the regional level. Regional and neighbouring countries have to be taken into confidence. They should be briefed on peace dividends and war ravages for them.
14. Mechanic Noor Mohammad:
Creating the High Peace Council (HPC) and paying its members huge dollar-based salaries cannot bring stability to Afghanistan. Apart from enjoying monetary benefits, HPC officials have not taken even a single step toward peace.
15. Kandahar youth Mohammad Nasir:
The war will not come to a halt if the government does not invest in the welfare of youth in terms of creating educational and jobs opportunities. Afghan refugees have to be repatriated from regional countries, particularly Pakistan.
How Kandahar people look at the peace process
1. Journalist Mohammad Ibrahim Spezalai: