Afghans Should Accept Peace Talks With the Taliban to Promote Peace

In a recent briefing to the media, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said, “The Afghan Taliban are ready for peace negotiations with us, but they aren’t allowed to because the Pakistani authorities are keeping their families hostage. I will request that NATO, ISAF, and other coalition partners work to free up the Taliban from the grip of Pakistani state intelligence agencies." Karzai clearly knows the conditions of the Afghan Taliban inside Pakistan, who have lost their loved ones in the war against their own people. He also knows that they no longer want to fight, even though they continue to be pushed into the battle ground.

Many Taliban leaders have been killed for trying to give up their guns and seek asylum and peace talks with the Afghan government. An example is Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, second to Mullah Omer, who was kidnapped by the Pakistani intelligence agencies in Karachi. The Pakistani authorities knew that he was the backbone in peace negotiations with the Afghan government.

The Afghan Taliban, Afghan government, and NATO, ISAF, and other coalition partners may be putting the final touches on a peace agreement. An agreement will include provisions to releasing Taliban families from inside Pakistan, settling them in Afghanistan with peace and security. It’s known from different sources that the Afghan Taliban will be required to accept the constitution and laws of Afghanistan, as well as stop the war and give up their arms.

But the peace process has been disturbed until now by various stake holders. For example, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, the chief of peace commission from the Afghan government, was assassinated by a suicide bomber who had put explosives in his turban.

The international community should pressure Pakistan to stop sabotaging peace negotiations and release hostage Taliban families.

It’s possible that the Afghan Taliban will be given the chance to democratically take part in the country’s parliamentary elections under the law. It would be wise for the Afghan Taliban to attract the people of Afghanistan peacefully and democratically to their new slogans for making Afghanistan a democratic and developed state.

Many Afghans will reject peace talks with the Taliban, but over time, they will accept these talks in order to bring peace back to the country.

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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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