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Abdullah Blames Taliban for Sabotaging Peace Opportunities

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2019)

Abdullah Abdullah on Monday blamed the Taliban insurgent group for sabotaging the opportunities for peace by refusing to sit with the Afghan government.

Abdullah said that Taliban is committing a humanitarian crime by emphasizing on the continuation of the war.

“Taliban is taking responsibility for all bloodsheds and continuation of the war. The Taliban are sabotaging every opportunity for peace. This is a crime that the Afghan people will judge about,” Abdullah said.

Meanwhile, Afghan and Western officials have told the Daily Telegraph that talks between Taliban and U.S. officials have faced with deadlock, with the militants continuing to demand an immediate U.S. troop withdrawal and refusing to negotiate with the Afghan government.

At the same time, the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan Peace Zalmay Khalilzad will launch the seventh round of talks with Taliban negotiators in Qatar after a tour to six countries in order to find a breakthrough for Afghan peace process.

The U.S. envoy will travel to Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Pakistan, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

On Monday, Khalilzad said in a tweet that he had briefed Pakistani leaders in Islamabad on progress the U.S. has made in the last month, adding that he has discussed what Pakistan can do to help advance the Afghan peace process.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said that Khalilzad has met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, MFA Additional Secretary Aftab Khokher and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa.

Political experts in Kabul believe that if the two sides of talks do not show more flexibility there is a risk of losing the opportunities for peace in the war-torn country.

“The hopes are changing to disappointments because the two sides do not have logical stances,” said Daud Nadi, an Afghan political commentator.

“America is seeking to bring Taliban to peace like Hekmatyar but they will fail on their efforts,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban official.

Recently, the Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, in a message on the occasion of Eid, said that their insurgency will continue until they achieve their objective.

He accused the Afghan government for trying to sabotage the ongoing dialogue between prominent Afghan politicians and the insurgent group.

In addition, he invited Washington to remain a sincere partner in the negotiation process.

However, there was no sign of agreeing on a ceasefire or opening direct talks with the Afghan government on his message.

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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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