Supreme State Council Key to Boost Peace Efforts: Ismail Khan
Mohammad Ismail Khan, a former mujahedeen leader and former minister of energy and water, on Friday said that the establishment of the Supreme State Council is important for accelerating the peace process and that the final list for members of the body will be announced Monday.
“If consensus is achieved, of course, the Taliban will also accept it to enter into dialogue with such people,” Ismail Khan said. “At the same time, the knowledge of these people (members of state council) can be a guiding principle for the government.”
Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation in an interview with the Washington Post have said that the Taliban hasn’t been serious about engaging in the peace process and that the group still maintains ties with al Qaeda.
The two leaders said that the Taliban will not win militarily.
“Our priority is to make peace. If the Taliban insists on a violent takeover, they will face not just the Afghan security and defense forces, but also the Afghan people. People don’t want the Taliban. Ask people who have experienced their rule,” Ghani said as quoted by the Washington Post.
He said that Afghan political leaders in the Republic side are united in their position against the Taliban.
Ghani said that the Taliban is increasing violence everywhere.
“They are assassinating and targeting civilian actors. They’ve grown up outside normal families in madrassas in the absence of women, so women have been construed as a threat to them,” he said in the interview.
Abdullah, meanwhile, cast on the Taliban’s intention for peace.
“So far, the Taliban has not been serious in their negotiations,” Abdullah said as quoted by the Washington Post.
The deputy head of the reconciliation council, Assadullah Saadati, on Thursday said that discussions are underway between the government and political leaders about the structure and authorities of the Supreme State Council.
Saadati said the political leaders and parties want the Supreme State Council to be a powerful, decision-making body so it can decide on political and security matters, foreign policy and other areas of national interest.