October 25, 2014

Taliban Group attends Paris Conference on Afghanistan

By Sajad - Thu Dec 06 2012, 1:31 pm

According to reports Taliban group representatives based in Qatar are going to participate in a conference which will be organized by a research organization in France.

Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delawar member of the Taliban group policy department in Qatar and Mohammad Naeem a close member of the Taliban group in Qatar liaison office will offer views of the Taliban group regarding the future of Afghanistan in the conference.

Afghan high peace council will also be represented by Masoom Stanekzai and Haji Din Mohammad advisor to President Hamid Karzai in regards to the tribal affairs will also attend the conference.

In the meantime prominent anti-government opposition leaders including Mohammad Younis Qanooni and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will also attend the session.

This is the first time Taliban group members and members of the Afghan opposition party will come face to face after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Sources close to Taliban liaison office in Qatar are saying that the parties involved in the conference will offer their views regarding the future of Afghanistan and will not be peace negotiation and there will be no secret agenda for the conference.

The source further added over 20 people will attend the conference from the countries and their list has been forwarded to Taliban liaison office. Afghan government and peace council officials are also among those who will attend the conference.

He said we are participating in the conference only to know the views of each other and there will be no agenda regarding peace talks.

The Taliban group member also said that the movement of the Taliban started in a bid to end violence and civil war in Afghanistan and the group succeeded to bring stability in over 90% of the Afghan soil.

He said we are still supporting peace in Afghanistan and Taliban group opened a liaison office in Qatar in this regard however other sources are expanding the war in Afghanistan.

In response to a question regarding the participation of the Taliban Quetta Council members in this conference he said that only members of the Taliban liaison office will attend the France conference and in the future the same members will attend any possible peace negotiations.

He also said that Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delawar is still blacklisted by UN and he cannot travel outside of Qatar.  He said Taliban liaison office requires permission for Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delawar from United Nations which they have not received yet.

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  1. It is a good news that Taliban is willing to join peace talk in Paris but the main question is the leadership of Taliban that who is the real leader in-charge of the group and where is he ? .
    It is rather childish to believe that any talks of such importance to be held by groups or rank and file members of Taliban . The participation of the actual leader or his representative must be taken in to consideration by the Afghan government at such meetings ,

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