No Visit to Pakistan unless peace goals can be achieved: High Peace Council
Fri Aug 10, 2:34 pm
The High Peace Council delegates’ visit to Pakistan for Peace talks has been postponed.
Officials of the council say they will only visit Pakistan when they are sure they will be able to come back to Afghanistan with achievements, not just to be able to say they fulfilled the formalities of trying to open effective dialogue.
Securing peace across the country during the past ten years has been one of the main concerns of the Afghan Government. The High Peace Council believes that Pakistan is the key holder to true and lasting peace. The council laments the fact that there are some in influential positions in Pakistan who support the Taliban.
The Pakistan Prime Minister during his visit to Kabul last month asked the President of the Afghan High Peace Council to visit Pakistan to keep Peace talks in progress.
At that time, Salah Uddin Rabani, the head of the High Peace Council, accepted Pakistan Prime Minister’s invitation. However, now he has revised his decision with the clarification that without the possibility of legitimate breakthroughs that will lead to progressive steps towards peace, he will not to only satisfy a formality without the possibility of achievements.
Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, International Affairs advisor to the High Peace council, believes releasing the brother of Taliban Leader Mollah Mohammad Omar who is in a Pakistani Detention facility, would improve the possibility of successful in peace talks.
The Afghan High Peace Council demanded that Pakistan take actions to release Taliban Senior Leaders.
The release of senior Taliban leaders from Pakistani detention facilities and allowing them to sit in peace talks has been one of Afghanistan’s demands during past years.
Pakistani Media have published reports that the government of Pakistan has so far not agreed to release the brother of Mollah Mohamd Omar, the leader of the armed Taliban. Some believe a positive decision could help advance the peace process.