Pakistan News Service

Sunday May 19, 2024, Zul-qaadah 11, 1445 Hijri
Pakistan News Home -> Speakouts -> Speakout

Talking with the Taliban

11 October, 2008

  Related News  
Fazlullah gunned down
Pakistan asks Afghanistan to hand over Maulvi Fazlullah
  Related Articles  
The US is after Haqqani network
By Asif Haroon Raja
Haqqani Network is Afghan Entity?
By Sajjad Shaukat
  More on this View All
  Related News Poll

A new excitement is building up in the international media regarding Afghanistan. There are numerous reports that the Afghan government is currently holding talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia. These talks are reportedly brokered by Saudi Arabia, blessed by the US government/NATO countries and mediated by Nawaz Sharif, the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan.

This latest hype throws up a few questions that beg answers.

  • Do these talks indicate that the United States and NATO countries now have a genuine change of heart for the betterment of Afghan people or is it that they are unable to defeat the Taliban in the battlefield?
  • For the talks to succeed, the Taliban have put an absolute precondition of all foreign troops to leave Afghanistan. Would the Coalition Forces agree to that?
  • There is one example in the past of similar efforts that failed. In 2007, British and Taliban forces agreed to leave Musa Qalah in Helmand province and hand the authority back to the local tribal leaders. It didn`t take long for the Taliban to return in full strength. What says that this time around the strategy will work and in time produce durable peace in Afghanistan?
  •  What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

    Heading (Optional)
    Your Comments: *

    Your Name:*
    E-mail (Optional):
    City (Optional):
    Country (Optional):
    Field marked(*) are mandatory.
    Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

      Speak Out View All
    Military Courts
    Imran - Qadri long march
    Candid Corner
    Exclusive by
    Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
    Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
    Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
    Suggested Sites