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Brokering peace deal

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Opposition parties announce to broker a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government. A foreign news agency on Monday reported that Afghan political parties sitting outside the parliament had established contacts with Taliban leaders to end the ongoing conflict before withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

The move is also aimed to reach a consensus and ensure peaceful elections next year in the war-hit country. According to media reports Gulbadeen Hikmatyar would play key role in the peace process while asking his Taliban friends to join hands with him in this regard. This new twist is termed a blessing in the disguise. But fate of the talks still to become clear and see to how much extent the parties are successful in achieving the objective.

However, efforts on part of Afghans to ensure a stable and peaceful post-2014 Afghanistan would always be appreciable, because people had suffered huge losses in over three decades of violence and want end to the deadlock. Meanwhile, there are some flaws that should be addressed to reach a consensus. Without support of the Afghan High Peace Council the opposition parties could not succeed in brokering the deal, because Taliban would come up with certain conditions.

Only the government could meet these demands, if were of genuine nature and acceptable to the nation. As per reports the demands would include release of the Taliban prisoners from Pakistan, the U.S. detention center in Guantánamo Bay and from Afghan prisons as well.  The opposition could not release the Taliban inmates on its own. Hence, the Afghan government should also be taken on board.

Moreover, the delegation established for talks with Taliban by the opposition group should also include local elders and lawmakers belonging to militancy-hit provinces including Nangarhar, Khost, Paktiya, Pakitka, Nuristan, Kunar, Khost, Helmand and others.  The offer of peace talks by opposition has found some supporting. But they should take into account the domestic and international environments and, particularly the national.

The government has been fighting the Taliban for the past 11 years. Many lives have been lost, and a deal that could endanger the peace of minds of the public in near future would be a setback instead of good news. Furthermore, Taliban are divided into various groups. Some are willing to become part of the peace process while others are reluctant to lay down their arms.

Hence, the Taliban should show unity and clearance in their stance and the opposition should make their efforts public in order to gain support of the public and international community. Hope the opposition parties would succeed in bringing back peace to the country while ending decades’ long bloodshed.

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