Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President, has offered a peace talk with the Taliban to end the 16 years long wars.
President Ghani has offered to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate political group to lead the peace process ahead.
President Ghani’s offer came on Wednesday at the beginning of an international conference attended by the delegates of 25 countries in the so-called Kabul Process in pursuit of creating a platform for peace.
Mr. Ghani proposed new elections with the participation with the Taliban and revised constitution as part of the pact with the Taliban.
He also proposed a ceasefire and release of prisoners to go ahead with the peace process at the beginning of the international conference.
“We are making this offer without preconditions in order to lead to a peace agreement,” Mr. Ghani said in his opening remarks at the conference.
“The Taliban are expected to give input to the peace-making process, the goal of which is to draw the Taliban, as an organization, to peace talks,” he said.
Mr. Ghani’s proposal for peace is a major shift in his policy towards the Taliban as he often designated the Taliban as terrorists.
The #Taliban says it wants talks w/US. Afghanistan and US want it to talk to Kabul. Not sure Taliban wants that.
Therein lies the conundrum.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) February 28, 2018
The Afghan President said the neighboring countries increasingly want to see a stable Afghanistan with the major gas pipeline from Turkmenistan at play which Mr. Ghani helped to launch.
Mr. Ghani said, “the Taliban show awareness of these contextual shifts and seem to be engaged in a debate on the implications of acts of violence for their future.”
Doha based Al Jazeera quoted of a political analyst saying “I think that what they are saying is that the door is still open. They have shown a softness in their stand.”
Mr. Habib Wadark said, “Not just the Taliban, but the Afghan government and its international counterparts, and I think it is a perfect time not for a peace deal to be struck at this stage but probably a temporary ceasefire, which can then pave the path of a sustainable peace in the long term.”
The Afghan President Mr. Ghani offered the Taliban to establish a political office in the capital and engage in peace talks with the government.
The war in Afghanistan has been fought for so long that "the Taliban" today are not the Taliban of 2001 (or 2010, for that matter). I think the 2001 version would've accepted Ghani's peace proposal. The key question, though, is whether the 2018 version will
— Jason Lyall (@jaylyall_red5) February 28, 2018
Mr. Ghani said the government would release the Taliban prisoners but in return, the Taliban will have to respect the rule of law and recognize the Afghan government.
President Ghani proposed renewed talks with neighboring Pakistan, a country accused of inciting the unrest in the war-torn country by the government of Afghanistan, to ensure a stable peace.