Mohaqiq urges negotiated settlement to avoid potential civil war

President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for security and political affairs Mohammad Mohaqiq said on Thursday that the Taliban, by continuing to take control of the districts, cannot determine their full control of Afghanistan.

Mohaqiq said it was not possible to achieve victory over the Taliban by military means, saying peace negotiations must be speeded up to resolve the conflict.

Mohaqiq warned that Afghanistan would plunge into civil war if the peace process did not come to a conclusion.

“The Taliban cannot ignore public opinion in Afghanistan and around the world towards their military advancement,” Mohaqiq said.

Meanwhile, Assadullah Saadati, deputy head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), said the Taliban had a serious problem with the current system, adding that the group was still not ready to recognize the principles of a democratic system.

Wahid Omar, one of President Ashraf Ghani’s main collaborators, said that circles within the system should not be used for the destruction of the system.

Joining Omar, Ghani’s aide Akram Khpolwak said the Afghan peace process has entered a decision-making phase, saying all state institutions should be protected following a possible peace agreement.

“Any temporary agreement between certain political parties and movements cannot bring lasting peace,” said Akram Khpolwak, an aide to Ghani.

In addition, the former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, said that it would be better for the Pakistani government to engage in friendly relations with Afghanistan.

“While Pakistan claims to have control of 85 percent of the land in Afghanistan, their rulers and families live in Doha or in various cities in Pakistan,” Haqqani said.

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