Following reports about a meeting between the representatives of the Taliban and the Pakistani government, members of the Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said that Afghanistan hopes this time Pakistan contributes effectively and sincerely to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
HPC said that Afghanistan will no longer accept Pakistan’s efforts for peace unless these efforts are results-oriented and honest.
Meanwhile the second deputy of Afghanistan’s parliament Nazeer Ahmadzai has said that recent pressure by the US on Pakistan could be one of the reasons that Islamabad entered into dialogue with the Taliban.
While the Taliban claims that a five-member delegation from the insurgency engaged in discussions with Pakistani officials in Islamabad on ending the war in Afghanistan, the HPC says that no one from their organization participated in these talks in Islamabad and Turkey.
“If Pakistan takes solid steps towards peace building, we believe that it will be effective, but past experience shows that Pakistan never cooperated with Afghanistan when it came to peace,” said Habibullah Fawzi, HPC member.
Critics say that in the past, Pakistan had taken a number of symbolic actions for peace in order to avoid international pressure.
“The US has its own extraordinary status, its words and pressure carry its own impact; we the Afghans and the HPC must take advantage of the opportunity,” said second deputy speaker of parliament Nazeer Ahmadzai.
However the exact date of the meeting between the two sides has not been disclosed, but last week a delegation from the Taliban office in Qatar visited Islamabad where it also held discussion with Sayed Hamed Gailani, the head of Mahaz-e-Milli party of Afghanistan.
The Taliban said in a statement issued on WhatsApp this week it was willing to consider a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan. But in the statement, the group did not say anything about the complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan – which has always been one of the core points of their conditions for talks.