A relatively controversial trip of Afghan politicians to Doha is finalized and an eight-member team led by Abdullah Abdullah is due to visit the country on Friday afternoon.

A decree released by the chief of staff of the president reads that the delegation is given a verbal command by President Ashraf Ghani.

The delegation includes former president Hamid Karzai, former second vice president Karim Khalili, former provincial governor of Balkh province Atta Muhammad Noor, Afghan government negotiating team member Bator Dostum, president Ghani’s special envoy in peace affairs Abdulsalaam  Rahimi, state minister in peace affairs Sayed Saadat Mansoor Naderi, Afghan government negotiating team member Fatima Gailani, Afghan government negotiating team member Attaullah Lodin.

The Afghan delegation is purportedly visiting the Qatari capital Doha to reinvigorate intra-afghan talks and get the sides to agree upon a potential armistice.

Earlier, an Afghan government negotiating team Nader Naderi had said that the Taliban had requested the release of the remaining detainees in return for a three-month ceasefire.

The visit to Doha comes at a time when Pakistan has also invited Afghan leaders including Hamid Karzai and Gulbadin Hekmatyar to participate in a special conference on Afghanistan.

Sources in the presidential palace have said that the delegation invited by Pakistan will not be allowed to fly to the country.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.