Abdul Hakim Mujahid, acting head of the High Peace Council has called on the National Unity Government (NUG) and the international community to start the peace talks process with armed opposition groups as soon as possible.
The acting head said that the United Nations has relaxed some restrictions imposed on the Taliban in order to pave the way to bring them to the negotiation table.
Mujahid said at a human rights research and advocacy meeting that the breakdown of peace talks a few months back between the Taliban and the Afghan government is as a result of distrust between the government and the insurgent group.
He criticized President Ashraf Ghani and said that although the president had promised to bring significant changes to the council leadership no changes have been made. He called on the international community and the Afghan government to resume peace talks with the Taliban.
“Now the conditions have been created for peace and the government and the neighbors and international community must act sincerely and understand that peace in Afghanistan means peace in other countries as well,” said Abdul Hakim Mujahid, HPC acting head.
Meanwhile a number of women raised their concerns over losing the gains made in the past few years arguing the NUG and the international community must also play a significant role in the peace talk’s process.
“There are no women in the High Peace Council and decisions are made by men. Women just have a symbolic role,” said Malalai Shinwari a presidential adviser.
In addition, a number of parliamentarians and civil society members criticized government over the lack of strategy for peace talks and said that there is a wide gap between the nation and the government.
“People of Afghanistan … are ready for peace but the armed oppositions must also show that they are from this land and they are honest to the country,” said Farkhunda Zahra Nadiri MP.
“Suppose we made peace with Taliban under Mullah Akhtar Mansour leadership then what should we do with Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda, Jundullah insurgent groups and many other terrorist groups,” said civil society member Ahmad Sayede.
The first round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban was held on July 17 in Islamabad in Pakistan but after the announcement of the death of Mullah Omar in Pakistan the second round of talks was canceled, resulting in a deadlock.