(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) Sabotaging success of Doha peace talks is a 'betrayal' to
the Afghan nation
AT News Report
KABUL: In recent weeks, a political disaster of epic
proportions has befallen upon Afghan officials in the Presidential Palace over
appointing a team to sit for talks with Taliban members under umbrella of
'national team' who are not representing Afghan government.
Former official casted shadow over intention of Presidential
Palace over assigning a team to join the Afghan influential figures to take
part in 19 April peace talks in Qatar—the follow-up of Moscow talks—a first
ever intra-Afghan get to gather with core aim of ending decade-long conflict in
But it did not suit the government as it started sabotaging
the process through one or other way from the very beginning. 'It would be a 'great
betrayal to the Afghan nation' if Qatar peace process be sabotaged by the
Afghan government,' a former adviser to ex-government Shahzada Masoud told
Afghanistan Times on Friday.
Why it takes long for the government to assign officials to
attend the talks, he questioned, and said government has been doing this to
interrupt the process, which according to him, it is not possible as the Afghan
masses have been desperately waiting for peace to be prevailed.
It has been over a week now that the government has been
scrambling to appoint peace team, where according to the ex-official, it speaks
louder about negative intention of the government toward peace the process.
'No one would be allowed to hinder the ongoing peace efforts,'
he warned, and said the upcoming Consultative Loya Jirga for peace has also
failed as the Taliban rejected participations.
'Loya Jirga must be inclusive, where Afghans from all walk
of society see its representatives, and only issues of national interest to be
discussed,' he said, terming it a symbolic Jirga where of no use at the moment.
Government is a making all-out efforts to delay Doha peace
talks as it wants Peace Jirga to be done first, he said.
Umer Daudzai, Head of High Peace Council's Secretariat and
President Ghani's Special Peace Envoy once said Taliban representative likely
to be invited in Jirga, in which the participants will make read lines in talks
with the group.
However, Taliban group no only rejected participation, but
termed it a symbolic one aimed at prolonging Kabul administration stay in
The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement
said that 'Kabul administration' has been scrambling for its survival, and
that's why announced conveying a Consultative Loya Jirga for Peace.
Anyways, the meeting between Afghan politicians and the
Taliban which was initially scheduled for April 14 was postponed to April 19 as
per the decision of the newly established Reconciliation Leadership Council.
Separately, the list of members of the reconciliation
council is to be finalized next week. A seven-man commission was appointed on
Wednesday to prepare the list of the reconciliation council and a small
For the first time, a government team is supposed to attend
a meeting that also hosts Taliban representatives. Taliban have not yet
accepted sitting with the Ghani administration delegation. The government's
delegation is scheduled to fly to Doha before the Qatar meeting.
Mohammad Mohaqiq, Deputy Chief Executive of the country, who
has been part of the Leadership Council for Reconciliation, said the Doha talks
were delayed for another three or four days after the leadership council failed
to agree on the list of the participants.
'The delay is because of the discussions to prepare a list
of the influential figures of the country, who should be able to represent
various parts of the country' he said, adding 'such discussions and decisions
are difficult and need time to be taken.'
He said the decision to delay the Doha meeting was already
coordinated with the Taliban.
Muhaqiq provided the information after the leadership
council for reconciliation today (Wednesday) held the 2nd meeting to discuss
the selection of the delegation, who will take part in talks with the Taliban.
Muhaqiq said 'a national delegation will travel to Doha, who
will be comprised of the political leaders and members of the government.'
The next meeting of the Reconciliation Leadership Council
will be held today 'Saturday" in which they are expected to finalize the
list of the participants.