The Arg's Change Of Heart Regarding Peace
02 February 2016
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
A few days ago the Islamic Emirate's representatives attended the Pugwash
Peace Conference and forwarded their proposals for a genuine peace process.
The representatives of the Political Office succinctly stated that the Islamic
Emirate is a strong proponent of peace in Afghanistan. However they clarified
that like any peace process certain preliminary steps and confidence-building
measures must be taken to build good faith between the plenipotentiaries.
The international community as a whole supported the Emirate's stand on the
peace process and approved of its confidence-building proposals to kick-start
this process. The free media and the common people of Afghanistan all praised
the Islamic Emirate's policy and method for achieving peace.
The Kabul regime, which refused to officially attend this Conference, sent
unofficial individuals to the gathering and there conveyed Ashraf Ghani's
statement that he considered the Islamic Emirate as a political opposition and
was willing to reach a political understanding with it.
However over the past couple of days the regime has had another change of
heart and reversed its stand on the peace process. The regime's Chief
Executive Abdullah Abdullah stated that he neither recognized any
preconditions nor was he willing to acknowledge gatherings such as Pugwash.
Then Ashraf Ghani's office published a statement remarking that we are
searching for peace through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group framework
which had its first meeting in Islamabad followed by another in Kabul and the
upcoming meeting will again be held in Islamabad'.
Despite the fact that the Quadrilateral framework is a foreign nations'
initiative who aim to secure their interests through this framework and
has not set any agenda for peace and nor can peace be achieved through it, yet
Kabul officials insist on working with this framework and purport to achieve
peace through its means.
The Kabul regime has a direct line of communications with the Islamic Emirate
through their representatives in Qatar. Yet the regime convenes foreign powers
to find the Taliban. The regime has the opportunity to directly address the
Islamic Emirate through conferences such as the aforementioned. Yet they
insist on delivering their words through neighboring states. The Islamic
Emirate has presented reasonable proposals and confidence-building measures
for talks yet the regime persists on addressing regional powers' demands
rather than addressing the concerns of those, with whom they feign to
negotiate. It is increasingly becoming clear that the Kabul regime sees no
benefit in meaningful talks and only wishes to deceive the Afghan people.
Previously observers presumed that the Islamic Emirate had irreconcilable
preconditions for peace talks yet in the Pugwash Conference the Political
Office's representatives expressly stated that they were ready to negotiate
with foreign powers on the systematic withdrawal of foreign troops and other
matters pertaining to foreign nations' interests. As for those matters that
may be classified as Afghanistan's internal affairs, then such matters could
be resolved through intra-Afghan dialogue.
An exiled entity that has no officially recognized address, whose officials
are blacklisted and barred from travel, those members are imprisoned, whose
assets are frozen and who are demonized by enemy-controlled media, then how is
it possible to negotiate with such an entity without removing these obstacles
If the Kabul regime is incapable of removing such meagre obstacles then how
can it claim the willingness to reach a far-reaching agreement with its
The regime's inability to address this crisis with the opposition directly and
without foreign powers' presence only proves the Islamic Emirate's claim that
the Kabul administration is a foreign-controlled entity with no independent
powers and thus has no right to its claim as an independent government.
The Islamic Emirate has frequently stated that the Kabul regime does not want
genuine peace and only uses such rhetoric to appease the Afghan nation. The
Kabul regime's recent statements only add weight to this claim.