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Hizb-E-Islami to Draw up Taliban Peace Talks Strategy

Hizb-E-Islami to Draw up  Taliban Peace Talks Strategy

KABUL - The group said they have been in talks with political parties and government in order to draw up a framework to get the Taliban to the peace talks tables.
In a move to bring the Taliban to the peace talks tables, Hekmatyar Gulbuddin-led Hizb-e-Islami has started working on a new peace process strategy between government and the Taliban, the group’s top negotiator and member of its political wing Mohammad Amin Karim said Tuesday.
This comes amid a stalemate regarding peace talks between government and the Taliban. 
According to Karim, Hizb-e-Islami has held discussions with political parties and the Afghan government to discuss ways to bring the Taliban to the peace talks tables.
He said the new strategy will be announced within a few weeks and in consensus with political forces in the country and government.
“It will not be like the past where political parties conducted private and unofficial talks with the Taliban inside and outside the country and then used bitter words against them in the media,” said Karim.
Karim claimed that Hizb-e-Islami was also in touch with about a hundred Taliban commanders who have indicated they will lay down their arms and join the peace process.
“More than a hundred high level and mid-level commanders, who have an impact on the war, are in touch with us; they are ready to lay down their white flag today and join the peace process,” added Karim.
“If all political parties, people of Afghanistan, civil society activists and prominent personalities reach a consensus and unite around a single position, I am confident that this InshaAllah (God willing) will bring us to a conclusion,” said MP Dawoud Kalakani.
Meanwhile CEO Abdullah Abdullah has warned that government will take decisive action against the armed opponents if they continue to resort to violence and refuse to endorse the peace process. 
Over the past fifteen years, the Afghan government as part of its peace initiatives has knocked on several doors with the hope of persuading the militant group to endorse peace, but the Taliban has so far defied government’s gestures and instead continues to carry out attacks on targets and the security forces. (Tolonews)