Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Questions on Joining Peace Process

Reports say that the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) has proposed a Taliban Office be hosted in Turkey to serve as a contact point for peace discussions. On Monday this week, a Taliban commander joined the peace process along with dozens of fighters in southern Kandahar province. Noor-ul-Aziz was appointed a Taliban shadow governor for Northern Province of Kunduz. But on Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, rejected any link between the shadow governor, Noor-ul-Aziz, and his loyalists on one hand and the movement on the other, saying “Aziz must be a government employee or an imposter who poses as a Taliban shadow governor to get money.” He has said, “Our designated governor for Kunduz is in his area. We believe such dramas are staged by Afghan and foreign intelligence officials to create rifts in Taliban ranks.” The Taliban shadow governor, Aziz, who is now back to normal life, said in a ceremony in Kandahar city, said, “I heard Karzai and other officials talking about the peace process, which encouraged me to quit war, but I have no courage to be part of the government.” It is not clear whether he has changed his loyalty to Taliban, loyalty to government or he is allured by the money. Some former Taliban militants who had joined the peace process have been accused of the violence in anti-Quran burning protest in Mazar-e-Sharif on April 01, 2011. This has given rise to doubt about the effectiveness of the peace process facilitated by High Peace Council. Deputy Chair of the High Peace Council, Maulawi Attaullah Ludin, has said that Turkey is expected to host a Taliban office and also provide an office for the High Peace Council in Turkey. “Head of the Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani has been in contact with the Afghan government on this and discussions are also going on in Turkey and we hope the office will soon be opened.” The U.S. has allocated about 50 million dollar to High Peace Council to be channeled through Afghan government. But the Taliban militants have not officially accepted any peace talk and continue to carry out their terrorist activities across the country. On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, a famous jihadi commander, Malik Zarin, along 10 other people was killed in a suicide bombing, which was carried out the Asmar district of eastern Kunar province.