Afghan wish list: Kabul pushes for end to interference
Express Tribune, December 6, 2010
KABUL: Afghanistan is seeking greater interaction with the civilian apparatus in Islamabad in a bid to end Pakistan military’s alleged “interference” in its affairs, an official accompanying Prime Minister Yousaf Raza on his Kabul tour told Express 24/7 on Sunday. Many observers in Kabul believe Islamabad is blocking attempts at finding a political solution to the conflict in that country.
They also said that Burhanuddin Rabbani, the chief of the Afghan High Council for Peace, has called for restoring the Loya Jirga for initiating contacts with the Taliban in a bid to reintegrate them into mainstream Afghan society. Officials quoted Rabbani as saying that initiating talks with the Taliban without restoration of the Loya Jirga would be useless.
The Associated Press of Pakistan quoted him as saying a day ago that the objective of the High Peace Council “is precisely to develop close political bilateral and economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan”. During the meeting, the prime minister invited Rabbani to visit Pakistan. Another official in the prime minister’s entourage told this correspondent that Afghan officials had also hinted at broader Pakistani support for bringing the Haqqani network to the negotiating table.
They also said that President Hamid Karzai was “very frank” in his interaction with Gilani. They said the Afghan president was “furious over the coalition forces’ lack of common sense while dealing with the Mullah Mansoor”, a reference to the fake Taliban leader who duped senior coalition leaders.
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