Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Peace Process: Haqqani Network will do the Same as Taliban

The last week's terror attacks in Kabul created waves of fear among the public and concerns have multiplied over the functions and capacity of the government in securing lives of people. It is quite amazing that how the insurgents break the tightest security in Kabul, transfer their equipments and fight hours with the security forces.

The authorities have blamed the Haqqani network for engineering those attacks, although the Taliban had claimed the responsibility. Nonetheless in a recent interview, Siraj-ud-Din Haqqani, the leader of Haqqani network has denied accepting the responsibility of those attacks and has said, "The Taliban leaders have advised me to keep quiet on this matter." Why are not Taliban being called responsible for the last week's attacks? Are there any concrete evidences proving Haqqani network's involvement?

Many contemplate that the authorities in Afghanistan are not trying to point fingers at Taliban for every terror attack. That is because the Afghan government and its backers are eyeing to enter into a deal with Taliban.

They see no end to the Afghan conflict by military campaign and are seeking a political way out. In this regard, certain options are being considered for Taliban and sharing of power is one of those options. But whatever is being offered to Taliban should not be limited to Taliban only as the Haqqani network is also claiming its share in the offer.

Closely linked to Taliban, the Haqqani network is active in Afghanistan's southeastern areas of Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar, and Ghazni Provinces. According to US military commanders it is "the most resilient enemy network [in Afghanistan]," and one of the biggest threats to NATO and United States forces in Afghanistan."

If the Taliban joined the peace reconciliation program, we will also do the same," says Haqqani network's leader. The statement comes at times when in his Eid message, Taliban's supreme leader; Mullah Omar had said that he favored all eligible ways to bring peace to Afghanistan.

The statement from the leadership of Haqqani group signals the depth of ties between this the group and Taliban and it seems to back Taliban in all initiatives they take.