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HPC Welcomes Ghani’s New Offer to Taliban

(Last Updated On: February 28, 2018)

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’s new offer to the Taliban insurgent group to join Afghan-led peace talks.

Today, Ghani who was speaking at the Kabul Process conference, said the government is willing to recognize the Taliban insurgent group as a legitimate political party and help remove sanctions against Taliban members who engage in peace talks.

HPC Spokesman, Ihsanullah Tahri, told Ariana News that now there is no obstacle for the Taliban to join peace process.

“We are asking the Taliban to ask their questions or any ambiguity remained in their mind,” Tahri said. “If the anti-government armed groups ask an address from the world for peace negotiations, the world will give them the address of Afghan government as a legitimate address.”

Meanwhile, a former Taliban member calls Ghani’s offer a good opportunity for the group to end the 16 years violence.

“President Ghani’s today speech was very good because no such things were told about peace before. In addition, Taliban’s recent statement about direct talks with foreigners is a different issue, but it was a green-light,” Sayed Akbar Agha, the head of Rah-e-Nejat Afghanistan said.

But a political commentator believes the insurgent group will continue to their insurgency.

“Taliban’s leadership and their family members have taken captive by Pakistan’s intelligence agency. The ongoing war will continue until the Pakistan’s intelligence agency haven’t made a decision and Iran, Russia and Arabic countries who are accused of supporting the group haven’t stopped their funds,” Asif Baktash, a political expert said.

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