Peace in Afghanistan: Will Pakistan Play Ball?
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Peace in Afghanistan: Will Pakistan Play Ball?


As the war in Afghanistan winds down, with the withdrawal of American combat troops scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, there’s a modest ratcheting up of movement towards a reconciliation with the Taliban. Though many analysts are skeptical a deal can be reached within the limited amount of time before the withdrawal, and though the Taliban has plenty of incentives to forestall real talks and wait out the United States, many agree that Pakistan still holds the key to an accord.

In light of this, Afghanistan’s High Peace Council’s (HPC) leaked, five-step plan for reaching an accord, called the Peace Process Road Map to 2015, begins with “a focus on securing the cooperation of Pakistan.” The document says that was to have begun in earnest with a visit to Pakistan in November by Salahuddin Rabbani, the HPC’s chairman, who after meeting with high Pakistani officials, was to attempt to secure Islamabad’s agreement for the progressive release of imprisoned Taliban officials held in Pakistan.

The plan proposes that in the first half of 2013, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States work together “to agree on terms and conditions for delisting, safe passage, and other requirements of Taliban leaders willing to engage in peace talks.” Formal talks, beginning with efforts to proclaim a ceasefire, will take place in the second half of next year, and, according to the plan, will pave the way for the ”transformation of the Taliban and other armed groups from militant groups to political movements.” The goal of the five-step plan to have a final peace accord and expanded regional cooperation in place by 2014.


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January 10, 2013 at 21:35

Those who say Taliban is Pashtun Nationalist please have a read through :

January 10, 2013 at 20:51

@Girish, I think Hikaru and Bharateeya both are right in their approach. Let’s come out of this blame game.
@Hikaru you have rightly substantiated your arguement with apt and evident facts.
@Matt, some questions and dynamics for your consideration as you mentioned Hakeem ullah saying that they and Afghan Taliban are same and Pak is patronising them

1. Why every other day there is a mayhem inside Pakistan staged by these Taliban
2. Pakistan has suffered a loss of 40,000 civilian and military lives and a loss of $ 168 billion to its economy with no foreseen end to this yet
3. US drones don’t target the Taliban’s terrorising inside Pakistan while killing hundreds of Al-Qaeeda and Afghan TAliban’s. Why this discrimination?
4. Whatever past was, now Pak is showing its willingness to Afghan Peace Process by fulfilling all demands of US and Afghan Govt but its capability is under question.
5. Pakistan completely shifted its security prism from Indian to Taliban and internal security phenomena recently. You may see recent Indian deployment of helicopters on Pakistan border and aggression on Line of Control right after that shift to keep it engaged on eastern border and narrow the space widening for it on Northwestern front being created by Peace Process.
6.As mentioned in the article, are some powerful stakeholders really interested in peace?

I do acknowledge the wrong policies of aiding Afghan Taliban in 90s by Pak but does the right policies of international community brought any solution to the issue of Kashmir. This injustice creates a foggy atmosphere and leads people and countries to unpopular means for pursuing their interests….

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