Critics say serious efforts should be made to ensure that direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are held as soon as possible to use the available opportunity for ending the war in the country.
The suggestion comes a day after President Ashraf Ghani in an address to the nation said “tough decisions” on national issues should be made by a stronger government while calling the National Unity Government a “weak” administration and added that its legitimate tenure is about to end.
“Any dialogue and negotiations for peace should take place from the address of the government of Afghanistan,” a political analyst Hadi Miran said.
“Strengthening the [Afghan] government will strengthen its position in negotiations with the Taliban,” Mr. Miran said, referring to President Ghani’s remarks who said the incumbent government is “weak”.
Last month, the Afghan government announced that the list of a 15-member negotiating team has been finalized and that the intra-Afghan negotiations will happen in the near future, probably in a European capital.
But later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said the venue of the talks is yet to be finalized.
“We do not want to be taken to another side of the war by the return of the Taliban and the development of Daesh. We want a lasting peace, a trust-worthy, and a reliable peace, and a peace which has an international guarantee,” civil society activist Abdul Latif Wahid said.
Afghans from different parts of the country said they have spent the last two days of Eid in peace and that they want such a situation to continue.
“Peace should prevail in the country. Forty years of war have devastated Afghanistan,” said Mohammad Ibrahim, Kabul resident.
“We want inclusive peace,” said Zari Gul, a Paktia resident.
“People will support them if the government and the Taliban sit together and agree on peace,” said Bismillah Khan, a Kabul resident.
This comes as US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrapped up the eighth round of talks with the Taliban on Sunday evening which according to him, the discussions between the two sides were productive.