Huge expenses on Afghan peace effort achieve little gains

Create: 08/30/2015 - 14:21

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.

Presidential remarks against Pakistan widely welcomed

Create: 08/11/2015 - 13:21

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.

Cling to clear stance on Pakistan, analysts urge president

Create: 08/11/2015 - 13:21

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.

Where are divided Taliban headed after leader's loss?

Create: 08/04/2015 - 13:21

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.

Omar’s death, if true, may affect peace talks: Analysts

Create: 07/29/2015 - 13:21

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.

Latest peace talks create rifts among Taliban ranks

Create: 07/14/2015 - 13:21

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.

Islamabad talks may yield positive results: Analysts

Create: 07/09/2015 - 13:21

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.

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.

Away from media glare, govt&Taliban reps meet in Oslo

Create: 06/17/2015 - 14:58

Some weeks back, Afghanistan’s women lawmakers and peace negotiators met a Taliban delegation in the Norwegian capital Oslo to ponder prospects for a formal dialogue besides conferring on protection of women’s rights.
As independent representatives of the parliament, Wolesi Jirga members Fawzia Kofi and Shukria Barakzai, High Peace Council member Hawa Alam Nuristani and Senator Siddiqua Balkhi attendedthe discussions.