Afghanistan News: Karzai Urges Taliban to Stop Fighting Ahead of 2014 Withdrawal

The Afghanistan High Peace Council returned to Kabul after a successful visit to Islamabad. The delegation, led by the HPC head Salahuddin Rabbani, met with high level Pakistani officials and discussed the ongoing peace process. Some sources confirmed 13 are being freed after the three-day visit of the Afghan delegation, including close comrades of Mullah Omer.

It seems that Afghan-Pak and U.S. officials are trying their best to make the ground suitable for peace, as 2014 is the declared withdrawal year of foreign forces.

One of the delegates, hiding his identity, told sources, "Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar [top ranking leader after Mullah Omer] will be freed." He was the main figure involved with the HPC in peace talks when arrested in Karachi by Pakistani law enforcement agencies.

Afghan President Karzai calls the Afghan Taliban "our angry brothers" and says they should return home, stop fighting, and stop destroying the motherland. “We have suffered a lot.”

On the other hand, the Afghan Chief Election commissioner announced that Taliban candidates will be part of forthcoming elections should they accept the constitution of Afghanistan, stop arming, and be part of the peace and development process in the country.

Mullah Omer, the virtual leader of the Afghan Taliban, had a very positive message on the eve of Eid, "Civilians shouldn't be harmed anymore." These positive messages from Taliban leaders after one decade of war are green signals for Kabul.

The Afghan Taliban must stop war against their own people and return to peace talks, says Faheem Mandokhail, a political analyst from Lahore, Pakistan. There shouldn't be more bloodshed in Afghanistan, which is hazardous for the peace of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the region. Pakistan has to be "honestly" part of the ongoing peace process.

Pakistan has suffered a lot during last decade. Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, militant organizations, and non-state actors are actively disturbing peace and stability here. Sectarian violence, terrorism, bomb blasts, targeted killings and ongoing anarchy are at their peak. That has struck the economy of the country badly and nobody feels safe.

 

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Malik Achakzai

Being freelancer, contributing writer, pundit, reader, rest lover and interested in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Central Asia, China, Russia and American Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Human Rights, Health, Ecology, Geography, Archaeology, Theology, Buddhism. I completed my two years of master's from the department of Mass Communication at University of Baluchistan at Quetta. Before completing my master I had already joined reporting for local news papers in Balochistan and had already started freelancing to various Pashto, Urdu, English organizations. Voice of America (VoA) Ashna Radio Pashto service for which I have been freelancing since 2009 till the date. I do report for another online Pashto organization having news and views both from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the world, focusing on politics, war, human rights, sports and entertainment. I have been working as pundit for PolicyMic.com a NY based organization [PolicyMic is our generation’s platform to make our voices heard. We reach millions of people with our high-quality, personal analysis on the news, policy, and pop culture that’s changing our world] since December 2011. I did report as Lahore city correspondent for a Pakistani News Paper Express Tribune, an affiliated News organization with New York Times International, And have contributed reporting to Afghanistan Times an English daily at Kabul, Afghanistan. I am an alumni of German organization Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and was part of its Afghan-Pak Young Journalist Exchange program in 2012 titled as "understanding the neighbors", when we together with Young Afghan journalists produced researched based stories both in Pakistan and Afghanistan [Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Islamabad and Kabul were visited during program]. I was part of Deutsche Welle Akademie program "Train The Trainer for Journalists in Crisis Regions" training in 2013. Now I am part of United Press International (UPI) Next and Truth Tracker reporters team from the Pakistani volatile province of Balochistan.

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