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Home | Editorial | Peace negotiations get a boost with Hezb-e-Islami showing green light

Peace negotiations get a boost with Hezb-e-Islami showing green light

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Peace negotiations get a boost with Hezb-e-Islami showing green light

 The Hezb-e-Islami group fighting alongside Taliban has said it is ready to join political reconciliation talks with the Afghan government.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani last week renewed his offer of negotiations with all insurgent groups in a bid to seek an end to the devastating war in Afghanistan. The United States, China and neighboring Pakistan have all welcomed and backed President Ghani’s move, though only the mainstream Taliban faction has rejected the offer.
But in a statement released to media on Sunday, the Hezb-e-Islami (HIG) faction led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, said it has accepted the government’s offer and is “prepared to participate in the talks to show to the Afghan nation it wants peace.
The announcement comes days after the State Department of the United States designated two of the group’s members as “global terrorists” and offered rewards leading to their capture. They were identified as Abdullah Nowbahar and Abdul Saboor, described as explosives experts who took part in a September 2012 bombing that killed 12 people near the Kabul airport.
The group rarely claims responsibility for the attacks and the strength of its forces is unclear. But it has taken a hostile stance against the Taliban, which Hekmatyar opposed during the group’s six-years rule over Afghanistan in late 1990s before forming alliances with some Taliban commanders following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
International community and Afghan government eye regional countries, including Pakistan to play a wider role in ending the ten years’ US war in Afghanistan through negotiation with Taliban. This is in spite the fact that fingers are pointed by political pundits to the neighboring country for playing a negative role in the three-decade-long war. If Pakistan has realized that importance of a peaceful Afghanistan, one can positively see the future of both the nations in efforts aimed ending the war in Afghanistan.
Pakistan should better feel the pain of Afghans as it facing resembling insurgency. Now it is the time for both the nations to cooperate each other  more in order to fight common challenges ahead of them. They need stop blame games and concentrate on countering growing extremism and terrorism, if they want to save their future. 
As the international troops’ combating role weaken since beginning of 2015, the regional countries including Pakistan should play more roles in peace, reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. 
Only a peaceful and stable Afghanistan can serve better security in the region and in the world.

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