ISLAMABAD — The most recent round of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators that started this week in Qatar has been off to a slow start as worries grow over a current spike in violence throughout Afghanistan.
The discussions, which are happening in Qatar in which the Taliban assert a political division, declared on Tuesday but then adjourned until Saturday, in part as the primary Taliban negotiator was in Pakistan.
A senior U.S. defense official was also in Pakistan and met with the nation’s strong military direction on Friday. As per a U.S. Embassy announcement, the meeting between the army and acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey confirmed an urgent demand for a Decrease in violence in Afghanistan.
Sahir Shamshad Mirza who Washington was dedicated”into some long term, mutually valuable security venture with Pakistan” and wished to strengthen cooperation on counterterrorism, ” the announcement added.
Pakistan wields substantial influence on the Taliban and has been crucial in getting them to the table. Islamabad has repeatedly called for a decrease in violence but has also said the fighting has to be decreased on the Afghan government side also.
The Taliban leadership council is based in Pakistan’s southeastern town of Quetta.
U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has cautioned both sides against wasting the chance at peace and has been pressing for a decrease in violence which would result in a cease-fire.
By one Taliban official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the press, said the Taliban do not expect the Afghan government. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem seemed to rule out a direct cease-fire.
“There is not any particular time as to if the matter of a cease-fire is going to be determined,” he explained.
Critics say although the government prioritizes a cease-fire, the Taliban wish to understand what a post-war Afghanistan would seem like, in addition to a power-sharing arrangement. The peace talks have been assumed that the set a roadmap to get a post-war Afghanistan where the Taliban could have a political function.
But, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani this week ruled an interim administration with the Taliban, by Afghan media reports. Ghani also failed to match with Khalilzad throughout his visit to Kabul this past week.
“The advantage of a coalition government arrangement, which comprises the Taliban is they can keep the discussions from inside the energy structure for the analysis of the legislative, executive, and judiciary pillars of the nation,” explained Torek Farhadi, a former advisor to the authorities and political analyst.