President Ashraf Ghani's special envoy for security and political affairs Mohammad Mohaqiq on Thursday said that the Taliban, by pursuing the takeover of districts, cannot determine their full control of Afghanistan.
Mohaqiq said that winning a victory over the Taliban by military means is not possible, stating that the peace negotiations must be sped up to resolve the conflict.
Mohaqiq warned that Afghanistan will plunge into civil war if the peace process does not reach a conclusion.
“The Taliban cannot ignore the public opinion in Afghanistan and in the world toward their military advancement,” said Mohaqiq.
Meanwhile, Assadullah Saadati, the deputy head of High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), said that the Taliban is having a serious problem with the present system—adding that the group is still not prepared to recognize the principles of a democratic system.
Wahid Omar, a top aide to President Ashraf Ghani, said that circles within the system should not be used for the destruction of the system.
Joining Omar, Ghani’s aide Akram Khpolwak said that the Afghan peace process has entered into a decision-making phase—stating that all state institutions should be protected as a result of a potential peace agreement.
“Any temporary deal between some political parties and movement cannot bring sustainable peace,” said Akram Khpolwak, an aide to Ghani.
In addition, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said that it would be best if Pakistan’s government engaged in friendly relations with Afghanistan.
“While Pakistan claims to have control over 85 percent of land in Afghanistan, their leaders and families live in Doha or in various cities in Pakistan,” said Haqqani.