The Islamic Emirate's Reasonable And Forthright Address At The Pugwash Conference
29 January 2016
By Shahamat Emarat
Recently the Kabul regime has expended a lot of effort in supposed peace talks
with the Taliban. Their efforts have gained international coverage and
widespread support. The Kabul regime has portrayed itself as a peace-seeking
party trying to negotiate with an uncompromising enemy. To this effect they
convened a number of meetings and used them to portray itself to the national
and international audience as a reasonable entity that seeks to employ
peaceful means for ending the ongoing conflict.
History is a witness that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan tried all its
efforts to allay the paranoia of regional and world countries (including the
U.S.) and reassured all concerned parties that Afghanistan will never be used
as a launching base for attacks outside the country. They expounded the
principle of non-interference in others' affairs and demanded the same right
However it was the U.S.'s arrogant and invasive approach that compelled her to
break all international protocols and invade Afghanistan. She used fear and
provocation to build an illegal alliance around her in this undertaking.
America quickly assembled a group of unqualified and despised émigrés and gave
the reins of power to this lot.
It is surprising that on the one hand America is adding more fuel to the fire
consuming our nation by extending its occupation, increasing its force
presence and creating and nurturing the growth of illegal groups such as Daesh
while on the other hand they use their Kabul-based proxies to extend an olive
branch to the Islamic Emirate.
It was in the context of these developments that two days ago the Pugwash
Conference was assembled in Doha and was attended by representatives of the
Islamic Emirate, Afghan civil society, serving and retired politicians,
journalists and analysts as well as individuals currently serving in the Kabul
regime. To this conference the head of the Islamic Emirate's Political Office
– Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai – forwarded the forthright and just proposals
on behalf of the Islamic Emirate.
The esteemed Stanzai stated that if America truly wants to put an end to the
bloodshed in Afghanistan then they should unconditionally withdraw all their
forces from Afghanistan. As confidence building measures, the international
sanctions against the Islamic Emirate and its members should be lifted, its
prisoners released, and the Political Office officially recognized.
The head of the Islamic Emirate's Political Office also stated that the knot
of the process lies with the foreign occupiers and can only be resolved
through direct negotiations between the Islamic Emirate and the United States.
As for the national-level crises facing Afghanistan, the Afghans are equal and
ready to remove these obstacles among themselves.
Mr Stanekzai emphasized the point that the crux if this issue cannot be
resolved in the absence of the powerful and center-stage international
coalition that have essentially created and sustained this conflict.
Now if America, the Kabul regime, neighboring and regional powers really want
to bring peace to Afghanistan and to embrace groundbreaking steps for
negotiations, then they should contemplate the proposals forwarded by the
Islamic Emirate in this Conference and take further steps in accordance with
Therefore if in spite of the forthright and reasonable proposals of the
Islamic Emirate, the Americans continue with the current superficial and
narrow-minded approach towards negotiations then so be it, but America should
know that this approach will prove an ill-omen for the currently prevailing
good faith amongst the belligerents and prolong the suffering of both
Afghanistan and its enemies.