KABUL (Pajhwok): Pece efforts on domestic and international levels and preperations for the upcoming Turkey Conference were underway last week but violence increased three times last week compared with the previous week. Vital efforts taken for peace last week:
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A 15-year-old resident of northern Jawzjan province has been advocating for peace and encouraging families to send their daughters to school since four years. The girl, who has convinced many families to let their girls get education, says: “The twilight of peace is rising and Afghans should pray for its return to their country.”
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A 12-year-old boy, who collects reusable things from rubbish piles in northwestern Nimroz province, is hopeful he will resume school for a better future if lasting peace is achieved in the country.
The teenager, Hamidullah, a resident of Bluwar Sulh area of Zaranj City, carries a sack on his shoulder every morning and walks the city streets to collect scrap metal, plastic and paper to deal with his economic problems.
A Pajhwok reporter interviewed the child when he was standing on a rubbish heap in search of items that can earn him some money.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Millions of dollars have been spent under the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP), a government initiative, but many people are unhappy with its outcome as they say the conflict has further intensified.
By joining the APRP, designed, implemented and executed by Afghans to provide a way for insurgents to stop fighting and rejoin their communities with dignity, ex-rebels make the commitment to renounce violence, sever all ties with the insurgency and abide by the Constitution of Afghanistan.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising the presidential remarks that Pakistan is fomenting violence in Afghanistan, a number of Afghans have urged the government to register a strong complaint with the UN Security Council and cut all ties with the neighbour.
Afghan government in the past one decade had tried to build good relations with Pakistan and obtain help in ensuring peace in Afghanistan.
However, relations between the two countries deteriorated despite efforts by former president Hamid Karzai and incumbent President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to improve ties.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts on Tuesday said the national unity government had started adopting a harsh stance against Pakistan to prevent further erosion of people’s trust in it.
Ten months into its tenure, the government seems to have lost patience with Pakistan and has announced its clearest stance yet on the neighbour’s role in the Afghan-led peace process.
KABUL (Pajhwok): There are serious differences within Taliban ranks, according to sources close to the militant movement, but political analysts view the rifts as a transitory phenomenon.
Following the death of their long-hunted reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, the group announced Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor as its new supreme leader.
Maulvi Haibatullah Akhundzada and Sirajuddin Haqqani were named as deputy leaders of the outfit on Thursday during a meeting attended by the Taliban Shura, elders and religious scholars.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts opined on Wednesday the “ possible death” of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar might lead to the group’s disintegration besides affecting the nascent peace process.
Media reports on Wednesday claimed Omar had died two or three years ago due to tuberculosis and had been buried in a remote area of southern Afghanistan. However, the report could not be verified independently.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political and military affairs experts say the latest peace parlays have created rifts among the Taliban, but others believe the differences are not much serious.
Rumors about differences among Taliban ranks started circulating soon after the Afghan government and Taliban representatives held talks in China and then in Pakistan.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s overall spokesman, had rejected the two-day meeting in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi, but he had issued an ambiguous statement about the talks in Murree near Islamabad.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Analysts expressed optimism that talks in Islamabad between Afghan government and Taliban would yield positive outcome and such engagements should continue in future.
However, some of them have still doubts about Pakistan’s sincerity to resolve the Afghan conflict.
According to Afghan officials in a four-hour meeting in Islamabad that was being observed by the US and China, six officials were representing Afghan government, while Taliban were represented by three high-ranking members.