1. Tribal elder Haji Nazar Khan:
No questions should be asked about the need for peace, something that everyone desires. It must come about. We have seen so many rounds of conflict, political confrontation and other crises…The rulers and their armed opponents have sit across the table; there is no other option.
2. Youth Society member Mohammad Rafiq Zurmati:
1. Tribal elder Haji Nazar Khan:
1. Tribal elder Gulzada Hamidi:
Weary of the ongoing proxy war, the people desire to live with a sense of security. But a competent institution should be created to pursue an inclusive peace strategy.
2. Orgun resident Mohammadullah:
Influential tribal elders and neutral jihadi leaders be associated with the peace process. Simultaneously, talks should be held with the US on speeding up the campaign.
3. Religious scholar from Khairkot district Maulvi Yousaf Khan:
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:
1. Shiberghan farmer Nek Mohammad:
Peace is vital to social life, including farming and other positive things. In peace and tranquility, we can steer our society to prosperity. So we are trying for inclusive peace to make Afghanistan one of the developed countries.
2. Shopkeeper Baseer:
Stability enables us to continue with our business and serve the people. In the current situation, peace is a basic requirement of our society. It is in an environment of peace that people can realise their aspirations.
1. Civil society activist Abdul Qader:
The success of any Taliban-government negotiations is directly linked to Pakistan’s sincerity because the insurgent movement is under the influence of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). I hope the Taliban, as Afghans, will do a bit of soul-searching about peace.
2. Social worker Mustafa:
The Taliban’s meetings with representatives of the government and women in Doha and Oslo show their willingness for peace. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. God will pave the ground for stability.
1. Student Ghulam Nabi:
International peace has been a longstanding yearning of mankind. Strengthening world peace has a direct link to human rights. Members of a society sans stability are bound to suffer and hence efforts by human rights watchdogs and civil society to secure peace.
2. Civil society activist Mardan Fazel:
1. Civil society activist Najibullah:
A household without peace cannot lead a prosperous life. Similarly, peace holds the key to an Afghanistan that is stable and thriving. In the absence of peace, development, education, training and other affairs of a society cannot proceed well.
2. Tribal elder Haji Mohammad Qayyum:
1. Provincial council secretary Haji Niamatullah:
Having dropped their previous stance, the Taliban have either to support the government or surrender to the Islamic State. To my way of thinking, the government should exercise greater caution in talking to the militant movement by refusing to give them too many concessions.
2. Zaranj schoolteacher Fazal Karim Rasuli:
1. Civil society leader Baryalai Ghafari:
Neither the Karzai administration nor the present government has worked sincerely for peace. To keep influential political figures busy, the US and the Karzai government constituted the panel. Apart from spending huge sums of money, the council has nothing to show in terms of progress toward reconciliation.
2. Asadullah Naibi, a Political Science graduate from the Kabul University:
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: