1. Jabalus Saraj resident & law graduate Syed Nazir:
Not ready at all for peace, the Taliban are trying to outfox the government through a phony dialogue and thereby continue with their operations. They are being dictated by Pakistan, which does not want peace in our homeland. If the peace effort is genuine, good enough; otherwise it should be abandoned.
2. Charikar dweller Abdul Zahoor Samadi:
Pakistan and the Taliban are the proverbial snake in the grass. Why should the government make peace with them? Day in and day out, the Taliban are subjecting us to a bloodbath. Why should we seek peace with them? Pakistan cannot be trusted even if we strike a patch-up with it.
3. Teacher at Bibi Hafsa School Hadia Parwani:
When there is talk about the Taliban entering the peace dialogue, I fear they may come back to power. I ask the government not to be deceived by making peace with the Taliban -- this cannot be true.
4. Charikar-based shopkeeper Shah Ahmad:
Peace is a realistic option and the government has to ensure reconciliation at all costs, because all ills in Afghanistan stem from insecurity. We are weary of war; peace must happen.
5. Political Science student Najibullah Wahidi:
I’m not confident of lasting peace. They say: Don’t test those already tried. The government has made several attempts to make peace with the Taliban, but in vain. The insurgents and Pakistan do not want peace in Afghanistan.
6. Grower from Syedkhel district Abdullah:
The Hamid Karzai government repeatedly spoke of efforts for reconciliation with the Taliban. But what has been the result? Instead of the militants, we should woo their supporters: We should pursue peace with Pakistan and the government should focus on strengthening Afghan security forces.
7. Teacher at Danish School Farogh:
I hate hearing Taliban’s name; peace with them is not the right thing to do. Not serious about peace in the past or in the present, they are duping the people and the government. I don’t think the government should talk to Taliban or Pakistan.
8. Driver Fazal Ahmad:
For a decade now, the government has been talking about peace talks, while the Taliban continue to fight on. Some call them disgruntled brothers, others slam them as enemies. If there were any chance at all, Afghanistan would have been stabilised so far. Every government has failed on this front.
9. Store keeper Ahmad Naveed:
If it does not have the capacity to ensure security, the government should surrender to the Taliban -- a move that could lead to peace. Alternatively, the Taliban should be offered power-sharing to ensure people’s protection. Peace must be brought; we have seen enough of war and the concomitant ravages.
10. Charikar resident Farid Ahmad:
Taliban’s two-pronged policy has been talking peace and fighting simultaneously. In effect, they are not interested in peace. Not allowed by Pakistan to halt the war, the Taliban are trying to mislead the rulers, who should be ready for a befitting response.