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Afghans eyeing guanine supports for peace process

(L to R) US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020 - The United States signed a landmark deal with the Taliban, laying out a timetable for a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan within 14 months as it seeks an exit from its longest-ever war. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

In recent months, one of the major political topics which have been widely debated in Afghan political community is violence reduction by Taliban. The peace thirsty Afghan people have been exceedingly appealed Taliban to announce ceasefire and put an end to the senseless conflicts in the country.
In order to escape from actual peace demand, Taliban had earlier proposed the “violence reduction plan” before signing deal with US and this way they could successfully deviate the public opinion from ceasefire to the violence reduction plan. They also continued to carry out targeted assassinations, IED blasts in the main cities and major attacks on district levels in the country.
Russia, China, the US and Pakistan, also known as the Troika, on Thursday called on the Taliban to not pursue a Spring offensive and said they do not support the restoration of an Islamic Emirate. Following a day of discussions in Moscow on accelerating the peace process in Afghanistan, the Troika stated they had agreed on a number of points.
In a joint statement issued by the four countries, they stated they acknowledge the widespread and sincere demand of the Afghan people for a lasting and just peace and an end to the war and “confirm that a sustainable peace can only be achieved through a negotiated political settlement.”
“We call on all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to reduce the level of violence in the country and on the Taliban not to pursue a Spring offensive, so as to avoid further casualties and to create an environment conducive to reaching a negotiated political settlement.
So far, Taliban have used all means of violence against the Afghan government and people in all situations. Taliban used various types of violence which include a long list such as assassination, hostage-taking, kidnapping, suicide attacks, destruction of economic infrastructure, destruction of public properties, conspiracy against Afghan national interests through psychological propaganda, spread of religious and ethnic hatred, threatening the foundations of the Afghan political system and so on.
Many of these actions are among those violent plans which are carried out on the daily basis in all parts of Afghanistan. The question now is which types of this violence are included in the “violence reduction” plan.  Similarly, there seems no clear prospect and consequences about the next steps of violence reduction plan. If the Taliban has a benevolent intention about peace and war in the country, why they do not accept the ceasefire and not stop killing innocent civilians.
Thus far, none of the major parties who are involved in conflicts of Afghanistan including Taliban or members of international community has provided clear definition about “violence reduction plan and the US and its allies are yet to push Taliban for the lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country.
The regional and international supports for Afghan peace process are yet to produce results and decrease the high level of violence in the country. Meanwhile the Afghan government has achieved nothing from the Afghan peace process yet. It has released Taliban high ranking commandeers and members on the basis of US and its allies’ requests that have angered many Afghans.
Afghan government has always emphasized on an Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process that has not been realized yet. Afghan peace process suffers from lack of international consensus, since many regional countries are involved in logistically support for the Taliban.
Afghans now eyeing guanine support for the peace process and hope that the recent Troika meeting could have positive impact on the coming fighting season and persuade Taliban to shun violence and agree for a lasting ceasefire in the country. Afghans also expect from all international actors that no longer run the talks in the absence of Afghan government and no more upgrade the position of Taliban.

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.