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US, Pakistan insisting on reduction in violence in Afghanistan

By: Laliuma Noori

KABUL: US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and NATO’s Resolute Support mission and US forces general commander to Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller met army chief of staff of Pakistan with Qamar Javed Bajwa.
In the meeting, Khalilzad and Miller stressed on unprecedented reduction in violence in Afghanistan as intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating team were underway in Qatar, according to a statement released by US embassy to Islamabad.
The statement said that both sides have agreed that the intra-Afghan talks were the historic opportunity for reaching peace in Afghanistan and the region.
They have also stressed that the historic opportunity should not be missed and avoid past mistakes. Both sides have also discussed efforts being made by countries supporting Afghanistan peace process.
Meanwhile, part of the meeting’s agenda was Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul and roadmap that could organize relations of Pakistan and Afghanistan after the peace deal.
Pakistan Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq, attending the meeting, has also said in a tweet that matters related to mutual interest, peace and stability in the region, Pak-Afghan Border management and current developments in Afghan Peace Process were discussed during the meeting.
According to Afghan political experts, Taliban should show flexibility in talks with Afghanistan government so that the continued war ends in the country.
Although intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams started on 12 September in Doha, the capital of Qatar, dozens of Afghan innocent civilians are killed or wounded on daily basis due to increasing violence in various parts of Afghanistan.
After the peace deal signed between US and Taliban in late Feb this year, Taliban has not reduced in violence in Afghanistan where most innocent civilians have been killed and wounded as a result of mine explosions and suicide attacks.
Taliban do know that they have no other way except direct talks with Afghanistan government.
Instead of talking with Afghanistan government, they are trying to postpone the talks and want to gain further concessions by increasing violence in the country.
If Taliban are committed to the peace deal, they should reduce in violence and address all challenges facing the intra-Afghan talks.
The people of Afghanistan hope that all sides to ongoing conflict should end the continued war and take the ongoing intra-Afghan talks as serious and reach a comprehensive peace in the country so that the people live in a peaceful environment.
It is said that Taliban are making effort to capture further areas and territory in Afghanistan so that they can gain further concessions in talks with Afghanistan government; therefore, they have increased violence as a result of which dozens of innocent civilians are killed and wounded on daily basis.

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