A number of Kabul residents on Wednesday criticized the National Unity Government (NUG) for its failure to bring about peace and instead give the public false hope with regards to talks with the Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami.
In the past year, NUG leaders have said they will do everything possible to bring the Taliban to the negotiation tables and have said they were optimistic about progress made in this respect with Hizb-e-Islami.
This comes after officials from the High Peace Council (HPC) said no contact has been made with either group after the Taliban rejected the peace process and Hizb-e-Islami’s delegation left Kabul about two months ago following talks.
“Peace should be very basic and the government should not promise the people results without reviewing the situation,” a resident of Kabul, Mohammad, said.
Another resident, Hasibullah, said: “Under the name of peace the people’s situation is worse. They [government] have always talked about peace but these talks result in nothing. We ask the government to stop making false promises to us.”
A number of analysts have also said that government does not understand peace and believe that the HPC just spends money without any positive results.
“We never witnessed any basic work by the HPC and we do not understand what their work has resulted in. The government made a lot of promises with one being peace but this has not happened. We see these insurgent groups are backed by regional countries especially Pakistan; it would be a national betrayal if we do not consider our national interests in peace talks,” an MP from western Herat, Saleh Mohammad Saljoqi, said.
Following peace talks with Hizb-e-Islami earlier this year, the new chairman of the HPC, Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani, assured the people that talks would end positively. He went further by announcing that Hizb-e-Islami’s leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar would come to Kabul.
But Hizbe-e-Islami delegation left Kabul weeks ago and have reportedly not contacted government, said officials.
“The government’s door would always be open for armed opposition (groups) willing to end the war and we are optimist about the results of the peace process but alongside peace efforts we will continue our military efforts to eliminate those who do not want peace,” deputy spokesman for the CEO, Jawid Faisal, said.