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Afghan Politicians Urge Intensified Peace Efforts

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(Last Updated On: October 28, 2019)

A number of Afghan politicians believe that efforts of the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is moving very slow.

Ambassador Khalilzad is in Kabul since early this week.

He has met with Afghan leaders and prominent politicians including former President Hamid Karzai, former national security advisor Hanif Atmar, the leader of a political party Sayed Hamid Gailani and other politicians, during his stay in Kabul.

However, some politicians emphasized on Monday that he needs to accelerate his efforts at this juncture toward the launch of an intra-Afghan dialogue.

“If it goes this way we will not see a peace. But if it is intensified with clarity it would be better. We should understand the criteria for peace,” said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, the head of National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan.

“There won’t be a hope for peace until the two sides announce a ceasefire,” said Aziz Rafiee, the Executive Director of Afghan Civil Soceity Forum.

According to the politicians, the Afghan peace conference in China will pave the way for resumption of U.S.-Taliban talks and launch of intra-Afghan dialogue.

“The Beijing conference is very crucial. This meeting can pave the ground for direct negotiation between Taliban and government and Taliban and the United States,” said Haji Din Mohammad, an Afghan politician who is invited to peace conference in China.

The intra-Afghan meeting was scheduled for October 28 between representatives of Taliban and Afghan politicians including government officials.

But it was delayed for an unspecified period of time after representatives of United States, China, Russia, and Pakistan met in Moscow.

Politicians said it was delayed after the Afghan government failed to present its list of participants.

However, Presidential Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Monday that China has decided to postpone the meeting.

Ghani’s spokesman added that the government has prepared a list of participants which includes member of political parties, political allies, oppositions, and other elite members of the society.

Sediqqi further said that the government has prepared a seven-point peace plan to execute for ensuring a sustainable peace in the country.

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Regional consensus crucial to Afghan Peace Negotiations: SAARC

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Foreign Ministers of SAARC member states have emphasized the importance of the regional consensus for the success of the Afghan Peace Negotiations (APN).

In the SAARC Information meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held virtually on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Acting Foreign Minster Mohmmad Haneef Atmar thanked SAARC member-states for their support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

According to a statement released on Friday, Atmar called on the participating countries to extend necessary support to Afghanistan for achieving “a humanitarian ceasefire between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolution.” 

“Atmar stressed that the humanitarian ceasefire would help enable relevant institutions of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to provide medical services to the affected communities living throughout Afghanistan,” the statement read.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia.

Its member states are Afghanistan, joined the organization in 2007, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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Eight militants killed in Kandahar clash

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At least eight Taliban militants were killed and 11 more wounded in a clash with the Afghan forces in southern Kandahar provinces, police confirmed.

The incident took place in Takhta Pul district of Kandahar province on Thursday night.

Kandahar police spokesman Jamal Nasir Barakzai told Ariana News that the clash started after dozens of insurgents attacked a security checkpoint of the Afghan Security Forces. 

Meanwhile, the Afghan forces have also sustained casualties in the skirmish.

Barakzai stated that three policemen were killed and four others wounded in the battle.

The Taliban yet comment in this regard.

The Taliban have increased attacks of the Afghan forces across the country.

At least 64 Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ASDF) members have been killed in several days of clashes in central Uruzgan province.

Uruzgan officials confirmed the incident, saying that the center of the Gizab district of the province has been under besieging by the Taliban militants for several days. As well as the insurgents have launched coordinated attacks on Dihrawood in the past two days.

The officials have warned that the two districts would collapse to the hands of the Taliban if the government does not send reinforcement.

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Gizab, Dihrawood districts in Uruzgan on verge of collapse: officials

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The center of Gizab district of Uruzgan province has been under besieging by the Taliban militants for several days, local officials said Friday. 

According to the officials, thousands of Taliban insurgents have launched offensives to capture Gizab and Dihrawood districts. 

So far, 64 security forces have been killed in the clashes with the militants in the Gizab district. 

The officials added that the casualties in the Dihrawood district yet to be determined. 

The local officials urged for immediate reinforcements and help, saying that both districts are on the verge of collapse.

Meanwhile, residents also said that the Afghan forces yet to evacuate the civilians from the frontline.

It comes as the Taliban have intensified attacks against the government forces across the country since the start of the peace talks in Doha.

Earlier this week, the Taliban militants had killed at least 28 Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF) members after they surrendered in Gizab district. 

The Taliban, however, had denied the claims and said the security forces were killed in a skirmish. 

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