Danesh Says Interim Setup Will Bring More Violence

Ghani last week also went to the residence of Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation.

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As debates and discussions over the possibility of an interim government persist, the Afghan government has also accelerated efforts to gain political support from mainstream politicians in the country.

In recent weeks, President Ashraf Ghani held a series of meetings and consultations with some of Afghanistan’s influential political leaders including Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, a former Jihadi commander, former President Hamid Karzai, former vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili and Ghani also designated his longtime critic Mohammad Mohaqiq as his adviser for political and security affairs.

Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency—the National Directorate of Security (NDS)–who is also a critic of Ghani, has said that the president is politically isolated and is trying to gain the support of Afghanistan’s major political parties and political movements.

Ghani last week also went to the residence of Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation.

“Nothing has been built behind the scenes to implement or impose it in a way on the people of Afghanistan,” said Abdullah.

“Over the past six years, the Arg (Presidential Palace) and Dr. Ashraf Ghani did not seek the views of the political leaders, then the situation reached a stage where discussions about an interim govt started…the government is now trying to show the new government in the US that they have the support of the Afghan people,” said Nabil.

“An Interim government means transformation towards the dissolution of the Constitution or a possible collapse (collapse of the political system) and chaos,” said Mohammad Mohaqiqi, senior adviser on political and security affairs of the president.

Salahuddin Rabbani, the head of the Jamiat-e-Islami party of Afghanistan and a main critic of Ghani, has not been met by the president so far. It is not clear whether the Palace has reached out to him or not.

“A guarantee for a stable government and the post-negotiations govt can be discussed,” said Waqif Hakimi, a member of Jamiat-e-Islami.

The Presidential Palace has not commented so far.

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Danish Urges Washington to Review ‘Hasty’ US-Taliban Deal

The Taliban have warned that if the US does not leave Afghanistan as per the Doha agreement in May, the next option for the group will be war.

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Afghanistan’s Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said that the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban was signed in a hasty way and there are no solid guarantees that the future of Afghanistan will be stable or the peace process will reach a conclusion.

In a meeting with the representative of the ICRC in Kabul, Danish warned that the Afghan peace process will face more challenges if the February 29 peace deal between the US and the Taliban in Doha is not reconsidered.

“If this agreement is not reviewed by the leadership of the United States, we will face severe problems in the future,” said Mohammad Hedayat, media adviser to VP Danish.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation (HCNR), said that there are no excuses to stop the peace negotiations.

“There are no reasons for one side of the negotiations to stop the talks,” said Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council of National Reconciliation.

Meanwhile, the Military Times has reported that the US military has gone a full year without a single combat death in Afghanistan for the first time in two decades of war.

Army Sgts.1st Class Javier Gutierrez and Antonio Rodriguez were the last two Americans to die while fighting in the country one year ago, the report said, adding that two others, Army Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin and Army Pfc. Miguel Villalon, were killed in January of last year.

The Taliban has said it may still target US military members if the Doha agreement is violated.

This comes as US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in a phone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib on Jan. 22 said the Biden administration would review the Trump administration’s February 2020 US-Taliban agreement, the White House said in a press release.

“The US brought the war, but now they are living in peace, but the people (Afghans) are being killed on a daily basis in Kabul,” said Tahir Yarghal, a military analyst.

The Taliban have warned that if the US does not leave Afghanistan as per the Doha agreement in May, the next option for the group will be war.

“If they (US) says that we are not going to withdraw, of course, there will a fierce battle,” said Mawlavi Qalamduddin, a former Taliban commander.

“Today, the entire world is supporting us in the view of our commitments for peace, these efforts will continue,” said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, a member of the peace negotiating team, representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban.

Sources close to the Taliban have said that the unclear fate of the remaining Taliban prisoners, the groups presence on the UN blacklist, and also a lack of clarity in the US position about the Doha deal, are among the key factors causing the Taliban to boycott the talks with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha.

Danesh Says Interim Setup Will Bring More Violence