TOLOnews 10pm News 17 July 2021
President Ashraf Ghani’s recent speech at the “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities” in Uzbekistan in which he criticized Pakistan for what he called support to the Taliban has sparked widespread reactions from analysts in the country some of whom say it will affect the peace efforts.
Some analysts believe that in the view of Pakistan’s strong influence and leverage on the Taliban, it would be appropriate to deal with Pakistan through dialogue to end the prevailing conflict in the country while some others have hailed Ghani’s position and say that Pakistan had never been a trusted partner when it comes towards efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
A high-ranking delegation from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan led by Chairman Abdullah Abdullah and a Taliban delegation led by deputy leader of the group Abdul Ghani Baradar started negotiations on peace with the hope to agree on key issues that will lead to political settlement and end of violence in the country.
The meeting is hosted by Qatar where the republic and Taliban negotiators have continued their talks for the last 10 months, but their meetings have not had tangible progress so far.