Will Afghan peace council bring Taliban to negotiation?

22:01, October 11, 2010      

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In continuation of efforts to end the protracted instability and ensure lasting peace through dialogue in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has set up a peace body, High Council for Peace, to bring Taliban militants back to negotiating table.

The government-backed peace council on Sunday picked up a former president and sitting legislator Burhanudin Rabbani who had fought Taliban militants in the past decade as its chairman to approach Taliban outfit for talks.

However, a Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi in a sharp reaction, according to reports, has downplayed the peace body.

The militants previously in a statement described formation of the High Council for Peace as a ploy of the United States to deceive public opinion and emphasized the solution of Afghan crisis rest with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Rabbani who had fought against Taliban in the past, according to observers, has been regarded as the foe at the eyes of many Taliban militants.

Taliban militants who described Rabbani's former regime as source of "evil and corruption" in the last decade and ousted his government in Kabul in 1996 would not trust him, observers believe.

Rabbani's supporters had steadfastly stood against Taliban onslaught in the north of Afghanistan and blocked militants' advance to occupy the whole country until their collapse by the U. S.-led military campaign in late 2001.

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