Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

India supports Afghan 'unity' move to recognise Talibans as political group

India supports Afghan 'unity' move to recognise Talibans as political group

"We do not support a Baluch and surgeons or the threat of a irredentism against Pakistan", Alice Wells, Senior Bureau Official in South and Central Asia wing of State Department told a Washington audience.

In a response to a recent letter from the Taliban to the U.S., the Trump team has ruled out withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, a pre-condition set by the rebels for talks.

"Pakistani officials have long expressed concerns ranging from border management to refugees to terrorism that emanates from ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan, and these are issues that need to be addressed during the course of a reconciliation process", Wells said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said this while addressing the 2nd Kabul Process Conference which is being attended by representatives from more than 20 countries.

"We will consider the Taliban's view in the peace talks", he said.

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Akbaruddin, however, said it should be clear to the armed opposition that there will be no tolerance for those who continue violence. "Security forces didn't allow us to move afterwards", he said. There's a will to end this conflict.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at an worldwide conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party. "It's the Taliban who are the stumbling block to peace", Wells said.

Akbaruddin said that despite the worldwide community's efforts, those supporting the terrorists affecting Afghanistan have not been deterred.

"The recent Taliban letter to the people of the United States misses the point".

Wells said when it comes to the U.S., its conditions based South Asia strategy ensures the Taliban can not win on the battlefield, but it recognises that a resolution to the conflict will be through a negotiated political settlement.

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"But that does not imply that we would support or think that there's any manipulation of Afghanistan so that it can be used against Pakistan", Wells said in response to a question at the US Institute of Peace, a US-Congress supported top American think-tank.

He said tens of thousands of Afghans are killed and injured every year in confrontations between the Taliban and government forces.

"Let us not forget that it was the Taliban which repeatedly refused to hand over Osama bin Laden and to this day the Taliban maintain relations with Al-Qaeda and a host of other terrorist organizations", she said.

"We were inside the mosque when a loud explosion took place".

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