A former Taliban leader and member of the Afghan High Peace Council warned that Afghanistan will be threatened by a serious crisis if the Afghan government does not lead peace talks in coordination with political parties.

Abdul Hakim Mujahid deputy of the Afghan High Peace Council and former Taliban UN representative on Saturday said, peace talks with the Taliban group should be held under the leadership of the Afghan government.

Mr. Mujahid said, peace negotiations with the Taliban group will not lead to an eternal peace if the Afghan government and various ethnic groups are not involved.

He said, Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group is in a preliminary stage and the United States of America and Taliban has so far discussed the issue of Taliban detainees transfer from the Guantanamo detention facility.

The discussions also included the removal of the Taliban leaders and commanders from the blacklist of the United States of America and United Nations, Mujahid said.

In the meantime the Afghan government also emphasized for the leadership of the peace talks with the Taliban group despite supporting US-Taliban peace talks and establishment of Taliban liaison office in Qatar.

On the other the main opposition leaders of the Afghan government urged to have vital role in peace talks with the Taliban group.

Ahmad Zia Massoud Chief of the Afghan National Coalition and former deputy president said, a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will be impossible if the main opposition parties are not given a vital role in peace talks with the Taliban group.

Mohammad Mohaqiq a member of the Afghan National Coalition and member of the Afghan House of Representatives said, Mujahideen leaders are the main opponent of the Taliban group and should be involved in peace talks.

In the meantime a special US representative for Afghanista and Pakistan Mark Grossman is expected to visit Afghanistan in the near future to discuss peace talks with the Taliban group.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.