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Secret peace talks of no use: MPs

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Members of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Monday expressed concerns over secret peace talks with the Taliban, and termed the closed-door-negotiations fruitless.

The MPs said that talks between the Taliban and Afghan officials would end nowhere as Afghan security forces were rendering sacrifices without any pause.

Monawar Shah Bahaduri, an MP from Herat, said the peace talks have not progressed because there was no ceasefire in sight.

“The Taliban had not announced end to the ongoing violence. Therefore, such talks are of no use,” he said.

Zaheer Saadat, an MP from Panjshir, said that the talks with Taliban which was held by a few female MPs and HPC member would yield no results.

Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, said that series of the secret peace talks with the insurgents should end.

He said the National Unity Government leaders should inform the parliament about peace process progress. The speaker said that top Taliban leaders should be engaged in the peace process to achieve the desired results.

Earlier, a delegation comprised of Afghan female lawmakers including Gulalai Noor Safi, Shukria Barekzai and Fawzia Kofi, and advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, Habiba Surabi, met with the Taliban representatives in Oslo, Norway. Female members of the High Peace Council also took part in the talks.

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