Analysts Blame Regional Players For Peace Talks Deadlock

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A number of experts believe that the countries involved in Afghanistan’s peace process are working for their own interests only. They said that if government does not devise effective mechanisms for peace, the peace efforts will not yield any results.

“Insincerity of global and regional players – everyone wants to get to their own goals in Afghanistan’s peace process – is one of the reasons behind the failure of peace talks,” said Nasrullah Stankzai, a professor at Kabul University.

A number of analysts however lashed out at government’s policy towards Pakistan.

“The government’s peace methods and policies are completely ambiguous and ineffective,” said Tahir Hashimi, another Kabul University professor.

This comes just hours after the Taliban announced their spring offensive.

“The Taliban’s spring offensive is aimed at creating terror and it’s not a new thing,” said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, a deputy spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, in reaction to the Taliban’s announcement Tuesday of their spring offensive.

He said that Afghan security forces have also kicked off their offensive under the title of Shafaq and they have an upper hand over the militants.

The High Peace Council (HPC) meanwhile is hopeful that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and US will bring the Taliban to the negotiation tables.

“We should not lose hope. We hope that the peace talks will yield results and the Taliban will come to the negotiation tables,” said Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, the HPC’s advisor on international affairs.

Representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States have held four meetings and drew up a roadmap for direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The militant group however rejected the quadrilateral meetings and refused to join the peace process that was scheduled for early March.

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