Efforts to resume “dead” talks
In some recent events in Pakistan,Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi welcomed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is leading
Taliban Political Commission (TPC) delegation, upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Islamabad on October 3, 2019. Pakistan gave a red carpet welcome to the 12-member Taliban team, headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The Pakistani
side also included intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood and others. The Afghan Taliban officials arrived in Islamabad to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan. The timing of
the Taliban visit — which coincided with that of Washington’s special peace envoy for Afghanistan, who was also in Islamabad on Thursday for “consultations” with Pakistani officials — appears to indicate Pakistan is seeking to
help restart the talks.
The latest development follows the recent bilateral talks between President Trump and Pakistan’s
Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Last Month, Trump
had halted talks with the group, aimed at striking a deal for US and other foreign troops to withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees, after it carried out a bomb attack in Kabul that killed 12 people, including a US soldier. It is not clear whether
US has got over Taliban’s bombing actions before the secret peace talks or not as it has still not shown any interest to resume the talks.On the other hand Pakistan seems very eager to get the two parties to restart their talks.
Prime Minister Khan stressed the need for peace in Afghanistan which he termed as a key to peace and stability in the region. Ironically, a country
known worldwide to be the hub of all global terrorism is now suddenly talking of peace and harmony in the world. While one of the motives behind Pakistan’s sudden awakening to extend all support to achieve permanent peace in Afghanistan is because it
is somewhat essential for Pakistan’s own socio-economic development and progress, it’s major motive behind this outburst of goodwill is more important.