Editorial

Taliban; an obstacle before lasting peace

Remaining hopes for intra-Afghan talks and the success of a U.S.-Taliban meeting in Qatar are both predicated on a belief in a changed Taliban. The group is thought to have evolved from the puritanical totalitarian regime of two decades ago into a more pragmatic, less dogmatic movement. Supposedly, the chastised Taliban have learned that today’s Afghanistan requires them to become more inclusive and tolerant, especially in their treatment of women. The Taliban are also depicted as no longer insistent on monopolizing power.
This picture is essentially false, however. It is promoted by a militant group keen to alter its image with Afghans and the international community and is amplified by those who in their desperation to find a way out of the Afghan conflict are bent on putting the best face on the Taliban’s intentions.
In a tweet on May 6, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah called the Taliban a “crime network” and said it has no cause and no conviction other than a “vandal’s desire to violence and destruction”.
Dr. Abdullah said the “crime network” will never be allowed to return through “the backdoor in the name of peace”. “We have doubt in Taliban’s will (for peace), because neither are they ready for a ceasefire and nor they want intra-Afghan talks.”
It is almost a week that the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and some key members of the Taliban are holding talks on Afghan peace in Doha, however, the two sides so far have not reached a final deal on issues under debate which are troop withdrawal, counterterrorism assurances, a ceasefire and intra-Afghan dialogue.
In a tweet on the occasion of Ramadhan on Tuesday, Khalilzad said Afghans have suffered war’s catastrophic impact for too long and that he hopes all Afghans take this season to reflect, forgive, and renew faith and commitment to end violence and embrace peace.
Unfortunately, it must be acknowledged that Taliban, who are supported by almost all the countries of the region today and even some of Afghanistan’s international partners, is a major factor in the failure of peace process.  This group has not shown any practical desire for peace which indicate neither they believe in the peace process and nor their supporters. They are used against innocent people of Afghanistan, and every day sacrifice civilians and defense forces.
No one in this country opposes to peace; it is the greatest desire of the people of Afghanistan and their basic need for peace but the people of Afghanistan are not willing to sacrifice all the achievements of past years and endure the peace that is created by the foreigners and the Taliban behind the closed doors in the capital of other countries.
It is now clear that the only major factor in Afghanistan’s crisis and the main driver for the failure of peace is the Taliban group. When the Taliban are the main driver of the war, the Afghan government must adopt the same policy that has been expressed extensively by the ministry of defense and interior ministry these days. The use of force is the only way to win the war against terrorism and extremism which fail the peace negotiations.
All Afghans support a peace deal with Taliban to put an end to the prolong conflict of Afghanistan. At the same time, they want a transparent peace process, including how concerns of minority groups including women, and religious groups would be addressed in such a process.

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