Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Demand for Peace-Process Called-off

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, hundreds of people took part in a demonstration organized by former Chief Intelligence, Mr. Amrullah Saleh, against the assassination of former President and High Peace Council chief, Mr. Burhanuddin Rabbani. They were chanting anti-Taliban slogans and asked for stringent punishment for culprits, whether who were directly involved or were inattentive in protecting him.

Mr. Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed and four of his colleagues were injured in a suicide bombing in his residence in highly-secured Location of Kabul city, Wazir Akbar Khan. Protestors asked government to stop the peace process, saying that militants were the puppet of Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and they would not join peace process at any cost.

Amrullah Saleh, the organizer of the demonstration, also held similar notion, and asked United Nations to interfere and investigate Rabbani's assassination case.

He said that Afghan government did not have the capacity to hold a thorough investigation and, thus, the case should be investigated by an unbiased international committee, though previously Afghan government has appointed a committee with high-profile members, including interior Minister, Mr. Farooq Wardak, and sitting Intelligence Chief, to bring culprits into justice.

But seemingly, the committee still lacks capacity to deal with the case, according to Amrullah Saleh and his other political fellows.

However, no one should be set on the daze of astonishment with the statements of Mr. Amrullah Saleh, as it is along time that he has turned back to efficiency of peace process and lost confidence that peace initiative of President Karzai could lead into true, reliable peace in the country.

He consistently criticizes that current approach of Afghan government toward peace-negotiation is entirely-based on false understanding of Taliban militants. Peace cannot be achieved through pleading and begging militants to lay down arms and join government, because the whole ideology of Taliban is based on fierce battle and resistance.

Taliban would be ever prepared for peace talks, unless they are forced to view their existence in threat.

The present condition is passes the notion of complacency to militants that they are indeed on position of strength, unlike Afghan government. Till the momentum does not refer back to Afghan government, Taliban would not negotiate and wouldn't accept somehow mouth-watering government offers.

Therefore, what the government has to do is not begging peace, but changing the momentum which now is in Taliban's favor. Otherwise, the peace process would lead into failure instead of proving successful.