Islamabad 09th September 2013: The Afghan government said yesterday that it was ready for peace talks with the Taliban through their Doha office if they accepted its two preconditions.
The first condition is that Taliban office should be used only for negotiations not for any other activities. The office should not be named as the political office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The second condition is that there should be direct agreement among authorized Taliban representatives and the Afghan High Peace Council.
The Taliban had shut down their Doha office and cancelled the fledgling process after Afghan President Hamid Karzai objected to the Taliban flag and a sign recognizing it as the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’. The Taliban don’t accept the Afghan government as authentic and calls Hamid Karzai a ‘US puppet’.
The Afghan government favored opening a Taliban office in Saudi Arabia or Turkey after the Doha office failed to produce any results, according to Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai.
Pakistan released seven Taliban prisoners in a bid to help the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Mosazai said that it is unacceptable to the government of Afghanistan if the prisoners freed by Pakistan go back to the battlefield. Media claims that some of the Taliban released by Pakistan earlier had joined their comrades in insurgency.
He also said that Pakistan has a major role in assisting the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Kabul expects Islamabad will take more and big steps to support the peace process in Afghanistan, he added.
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