On Tuesday, the much awaited dialogue took place between Taliban representatives and political figures of Afghanistan who possess no government role. Former vice president Mohammad Yunus Qanooni explained to the delegates that the system in Afghanistan was established based on the “will of the Afghan people” while he defended the Constitution and called it as “one of the best in the region”. He thus

5 February 2019

Talks between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives are scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, in the Russian capital of Moscow. This is despite opposition from the Afghan government as the political representatives are from the non-government circle. Notable names among those attending the talks are former president Hamid Karzai, and other leaders like Ata Mohammad Noor, presidential candidate and former national security advisor Haneef

5 February 2019

The US-led effort to launch peace talks between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government gives Pakistan with an opportunity to ease its ties with Washington by playing a “positive role” and giving up a longstanding policy of trying to retain influence in Afghanistan, according to Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistani ambassador to the US. The US, Afghanistan and India have repeatedly accused Pakistan of

5 February 2019

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah while addressing journalists at a press conference in Kabul on Monday expressed that there’s a significant hurdle in the peace process-the unchanging stance of Taliban. He showed concern by saying that if the foreign troops pull out of the country, then the Taliban will have no reason to engage in the peace process. “The government has not been able to get

4 February 2019

The Indian government has sent a message to the US that any agreement along the lines of the Trump administration seeking unilateral deal with the Taliban, must protect the existing political and constitutional structure in Afghanistan. As per a leaked draft framework which has been discussed between the US and Taliban, the two sides are considering the possibility of delaying the presidential elections in

4 February 2019

Political divide in Afghanistan has come to overshadow the two-day talks which are to be hosted by Russia in its capital Moscow and are scheduled to take place on February 5th and 6th, as state and non-state bodies in Afghanistan go head to head over the Moscow conference. The Afghan Presidential Palace, as well as the High Peace Council (HPC), the Afghan body which,

3 February 2019

US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrote on Twitter regarding the peace process that “The path to peace doesn’t often run in a straight line. The situation in Afghanistan is complex and like all sensitive talks, not everything is conducted in public. Let me take a moment to explain where we are..” He continued “We made significant progress on two vital issues: counter terrorism and troop

31 January 2019

Militant groups supported by Pakistan, which use some terror outfits as "policy tools", will continue to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, according to America's top spymaster, Dan Coats. Coats expressed that Pakistan's "narrow approach to counterterrorism cooperation-using some groups as policy tools and confronting only the militant groups that directly threaten Pakistan-almost certainly will frustrate US counterterrorism efforts against the Taliban." Remarks

31 January 2019

The Taliban said on Wednesday that they are not seeking a “monopoly on power” in a future administration in Afghanistan and are looking for ways to co-exist with Afghan institutions. The Taliban issued the statement as the intensified US-led talks to resolve the Afghanistan war continue. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reported this week that there had been “agreements in principle” toward a framework for peace

31 January 2019

US Special Representative Khalilzad held a roundtable discussion with Afghan media on Monday. He began with briefing about his recent talks with Taliban in Doha, Qatar-“I just arrived from Doha. I spent several days there meeting with the Taliban delegation. The meetings in Doha this time were much better than previous meetings. We made progress on vital issues in our discussions and agreed to

28 January 2019