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Editorial: Kabul Government—Taliban

Media reports revealed Taliban peace negotiators have been agreed for talks with the Afghan government in proposed meeting to be hosted by the Norway government in its capital Oslo in coming two weeks. Beside domestic, international media made the reports regards much more awaited first ever direct meeting between the government in Kabul and Taliban at Qatar. However, Taliban said direct talks with Kabul administration is possible when US announced its pullout schedule, and said they are meeting Kabul delegations which are not representing the government. So far further details regarding meeting between Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Oslo couldn’t made public, but it could be considered similar to three earlier intra-Afghan conferences held two at Moscow and one at Doha. But before of Norway meeting Taliban leaders would visit Pakistan whereas they would talk with Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan and other high ranking civil and military authorities responsible for heals and deals across crossing points in Afghanistan. No one can neglect links between Taliban and Pakistan. Most recently Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) reported unearthing properties of the then Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Masnsoor in Karachi. Not only Akhtar Mansour but almost of top Taliban leaders, scattered throughout Pakistan owns properties and engaged in economic activities in Pakistan, which confirm Pakistan’s share in continues violence in Afghanistan. At behest of no other than Pakistan, Taliban are framing its policing and making decisions which including refusal to talk with Kabul government. Anyways, government working to prepare a team for direct talks, and are working with all sides and hope that in the next two weeks the first meeting will take place in a European country. Norway has already offered its services for hosting Doha Qatar like intra-Afghan dialogue jointly hosted by Qatar and Germany. Moreover, President Ashraf Ghani and US Secretary of State’s Mike Pompeo agreed in a telephonic call on previous Wednesday that, “now is the time to accelerate efforts to reach a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan. The US Special Envoy Dr. Khalilzad is in Kabul from last several days and consoling the Afghan leaders who are made anger by President Trump through his recent remarks during chat with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. On completion of talks, he likely to fly to Doha Qatar to carry talks with Taliban leaders into confidence regarding Oslo Norway intra-Afghan dialogue and post Trump-Imran Afghanistan future strategies. For averting any sort of act against its sovereignty and solidarity, the Afghan leadership needs to be very careful and it is the time to stimulate all of its diplomatic and political channels for foiling the intrigues aimed continuation of war flames in that already war affected country.

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