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Taliban Leader Omar To Fight Terrorists in Pakistan If Talks With West Successful
June 21, 2013

Qatari Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali bin Fahd al-Hajri, center right, and Jan Mohammad Madani, center left, one of the Taliban officials cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony of a Taliban office in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. In a major breakthrough, the Taliban and the U.S. announced Tuesday that they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan as the Islamic militant movement opened an office in Qatar. American officials with the Obama administration said the office in the Qatari capital of Doha was the first step toward the ultimate U.S.-Afghan goal of a full Taliban renouncement of links with al-Qaida. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Report by Hasnain Ikhlaq: “Omar To Carry Out Operations Against Terrorists Inside Pakistan If Dialogues With US Successful”

Lahore: The Afghan Taliban have told their friend parties that if the dialogues with the United States went successfully, then Mullah Omar will himself initiate activities against terrorists in Pakistan. The Taliban have changed their policy about the West. They have now decided to beat the West in the field of economy. State of the art science and technology will be promoted in Afghanistan.

It has been learned through reliable sources that the Afghan Taliban have conveyed to Pakistan through such parties who have been sympathetic toward them that if in the near future the talks between the United States and Omar become successful, then the Afghan Taliban will ensure that the West will stop the drone attacks that it carries out for peace inside Afghanistan. And if the cosmetic government of Afghanistan does not sabotage the process of the withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan, in that case, the Afghan Taliban will themselves take action against the terrorist groups in Pakistan. In this regard, a message has been sent to the terrorist groups in Pakistan and they were asked to change their policies in this effect, otherwise serious problems will be waiting for them.

The sources have also claimed that the Taliban have totally revamped their policy about the West. They have decided to fight a war with the West, not in the battlefields, but in the field of economy. According to this policy, the Taliban will not clash with the United States in war, but inflict a defeat on it in the area of economy. For this purpose, state of the art science and technology will be promoted in Afghanistan and in this effect practical steps will be taken at the government level.

In order to achieve this goal, agreements will be signed with different countries related to transfer of technology, training of the Afghan youth and a network of factories will be set up in the nook and corner of Afghanistan. The financial help in this regard will be provided by the Gulf countries. Whereas, the possibility is bright that the Taliban commanders will be provided formal funds.

On the other hand, the training of the youth in the Afghan National Army will be tasked to the Pakistan Army so that its apprehensions could be addressed. Talking on this issue, the secretary of information of Jamiat Ulemai Islam, Maulana Sami ul Haq faction Molana Asim Makhdoom said that it was very strange that the United States was making a huge hue and cry of attacks against the West for the past 12 years: However, not even a minor incident like breaking of a glass took place in the West during this period. But those countries, which had nothing to do with 9/11, suffered a loss of millions of the people for the past 10 years.

The West will have to think that the game that it was trying to play has given rise to such results that the people are still facing. He said that the process of dialogue with the Taliban was a step in the right direction, but Pakistan should keep its attention on the talks with the Afghan Taliban instead of focusing on a fake outfit like Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. And the positive results lie in this strategy. Those people who are dreaming that this process of talk will fail will have to understand that the wars are always fought in battlefields and their results are achieved at the table and they start from talks.

(Description of Source: Islamabad Khabrain in Urdu -- Islamabad Khabrain in Urdu News, a sensationalist daily, published by Liberty Papers Ltd., generally critical of Pakistan People`s Party; known for its access to government and military sources of information. The same group owns The Post in English, Naya Akhbar in Urdu and Channel 5 TV. Circulation of 30,000)

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Afghan peace council chief says decisions made in foreign countries futile
Afghan Islamic Press
June 22, 2013

Muhammad Naeem (2nd R), a spokesman for the Office of the Taliban of Afghanistan, stands next to a translator speaking during the opening of the Taliban Afghanistan Political Office in Doha June 18, 2013. The Afghan Taliban opened the office in Qatar on Tuesday to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old war, saying it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation. Taliban representative Naeem told a news conference at the office in the capital Doha that the Islamist insurgency wanted good relations with Afghanistan`s neighbouring countries. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Afghan peace council chief says decisions made in foreign countries futile

Kabul, 22 June: Rabbani: Taking decisions about Afghanistan in foreign countries will not have any results.

Head of Afghan High Peace Council Salahoddin Rabbani says experience has shown that taking decisions about Afghanistan in foreign countries has not produced any results.

On the occasion of the death anniversary of a member of this council, Mawlawi Arsalan Rahmani in Kabul, Rabbani said that the peace talks and decisions in this regard should be taken in Afghanistan.

He mentioned that opening an office for the Taleban in Qatar was their demand but the Afghan government demands in regard to the nature of this office should also be considered.

Rabbani added:

“If the peace talks are not held inside Afghanistan then I do not think that they will have any result. We have such experiences from the past and they should not be repeated. Other people, I mean outsiders, cannot take a decision about us and if they do then it will not have any results. We have repeatedly said and we will keep saying that we want peace, we will hold peace talks, but if the foreigners lead these talks then they will not have any results.”

Rabbani also criticized remarks of the Taleban representative on continuation of war while opening the Qatar office. Rabbani said peace and war cannot be done at the same time.

Head of High Peace Council Secretariat Mohammad Masoom Stanakzai also delivered his speech to the gathering organized on the occasion of death anniversary of Arsalan Rahmani. In regard to the visits of American Secretary of State John Kerry and the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins, he said that their visits are related to the objectives and matters of the United States of America.

Stanakzai added:

“It is possible that the main agenda of these visits are not the issue of Afghanistan. But maybe US is holding talks with the Taleban to pave the ground for peace talks. The Taleban should know that the main side of the peace talks is the Afghan government and the High Peace Council. Without the participation of the High Peace Council the peace talks will be a waste of time.”

Qotboddin Helal, a senior member of the armed government opponent party Hezb-e Eslami, led by Engineer Golboddin Hekmatyar, also talked on this occasion. In the past 11 years this is the first time that a senior member of this party is taking part and talking in a gathering.

Qotboddin Helal talked in the gathering organized on the occasion of death of Mawlawi Arsalan Rahmani and said that the office in Qatar was very important to start the peace talks but he stressed that the Afghan government and the Taleban should consider the benefits of the country rather than their own benefits.

He added:

Now is the time to start the peace talks, this is an address and if someone asks for the address of the Taleban then we can say it is in Doha. Now the Taleban should call people to Doha for talks as well they should also join the talks from Doha they should choose the path of moderation and the government should also choose this path. Talks should be held and Afghans should get close to each other, some of the demands by the Taleban are righteous and some of the reasons by the Afghan government are acceptable.”

These remarks are delivered at a time when reports say that the US secretary of state has paid a visit to Doha and the US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, is also planning to visit this city.

Analysts say that John Kerry may hold talks over political issues with Qatar officials and maybe talks will be held with the Taleban to discuss issues, but they stress that Dobbins will surely meet and discuss the peace talks with the representatives of the Taleban in Doha.

Jawed Kohestani, an Afghan political analyst, says that the main talks between Dobbins and the Taleban will be based on the earlier demand of the Taleban which is the release of high-ranked Taleban commanders from Guantanamo Bay prison.

Kohistani added:

“The aim of Dobbins` visit is to tell the Taleban that the US is committed to its promises and they will release their prisoners. But I think US officials will ask the Taleban to bring moderation to their stance and end their ties with terrorism. But I think both sides will also talk about starting talks with the Afghan government or the High Peace Council.”

The general session of the parliament discussed the Taleban office in Qatar and the current disputes in this regard, but the session did not produce any outcome.

The Taleban office in Qatar opened last Tuesday (18 June). The opening of this office raised hopes of the Afghans for peace, but objections by the Afghan government generated disappointments among people.

Analysts stress that these objections and the commitment on continuing the war will not stop the peace talks because US and the international community want to end problems in Afghanistan through holding peace talks with the Taleban.

(Description of Source: Peshawar Afghan Islamic Press in Pashto -- Peshawar-based agency, staffed by Afghans; traditionally sympathetic to the Taliban; agency used to have good contacts with Taliban leadership, but since the fall of the Taliban regime it now describes itself as “independent” and “self-financing”; URL:

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Indian Commentary Analyzes US Strategy Behind Efforts of Reconciliation With Taliban
The Pioneer Online
June 21, 2013

This photo taken on Thursday, June 20, 2013 shows the new office of the Afghan Taliban in Doha, Qatar after the opening of the office several days ago. The United States on Thursday welcomed Qatar`s decision to take down a sign that cast the Taliban`s new office in Doha as a rival Afghan embassy saying the militant group can`t represent itself “as an emirate, government or sovereign.” (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Commentary by G Parthasarathy: “Truth is in Real World, Dreams Are Deceptive”

Barack Obama`s faith in `reconciliation` with the Taliban could prolong the agony of the Afghans. A Taliban-controlled Afghanistan will make the AfPak region an epicentre of global terrorism.

On February 17, 2009 US President Barack Obama announced that in order to “stabilise the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan” he was authorising the deployment of an additional 17,000 US troops there. He added: “The problem of Afghanistan, the Taliban and the spread of extremism in that region cannot be solved solely by military means”. Shortly thereafter, he announced the deployment of an additional 4,000 troops. At the London Conference in 2010, the US announced that responsibilities for security would be transferred to Afghan forces so that US-ISAF forces could begin withdrawal by July 2011. On June 22, 2011, Mr Obama announced that the US intended to end all combat operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, while transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces. This process is in place and the bulk of security operations even now are undertaken by Afghan forces, with American logistical backing.

The American strategy also involves a process of “reconciliation” through talks in Qatar between the Taliban on the one hand and the Afghan High Peace Council, on the other. The US and the Karzai Government aver that this process will be based on “respect for the Afghan Constitution, rule of law, and democratic values”. While the nucleus of a Taliban office has been set up in Qatar, even the most optimistic are sceptical that the Taliban and its ISI backers will settle for anything short of getting substantial control, in initial years, of the bulk of southern Afghanistan. The US is expected to retain a residual military presence of around 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, together with control of around half-a-dozen military airports, while focusing on training and counter-terrorism operations. It will be financing, training, equipping and providing logistical support to the 3,50,000-strong Afghan National Security Forces. There is scepticism about the will of the US, to stay the course on its commitment in its Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan to “combat Al Qaeda and its affiliates and enhance the ability of Afghanistan to deter threats against its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity”. Virtually every Afghan will aver that his country faces these threats only from Pakistan and its proxies.

Interestingly, like Mr Obama, Mr Mikhail Gorbachev suddenly announced his decision to withdraw Soviet forces in Afghanistan, and commenced the withdrawal in 1988. Mr Gorbachev`s entire strategy was based on the naïve belief that Pakistan will cease arming the Peshawar-based Afghan Mujahedeen, in accordance with its commitments in the Geneva Accords. (In the preceding years, the CIA funded and provided the ISI with weapons, enabling them to arm and equip an estimated 80,000 fighters to challenge the writ of the regime of President Mohammed Najibullah). Pakistan`s President, General Zia ul-Haq, however, made it clear that he had no intention of abiding by the Geneva Accords and he would deny Soviet accusations of the ISI arming the Afghan Mujahedeen, telling President Ronald Reagan: “We will deny any arms aid is going through our territory. After all, that is what we have been saying for the past eight years”.

Like President Obama is now looking for `reconciliation` with the Taliban, Mr Gorbachev made an ill-advised and desperate attempt to negotiate with the Peshawar-based, ISI-backed seven-party alliance of fundamentalist Afghan parties. The Mujahedeen just stalled for time as they obtained ever more direct Pakistani military assistance to oust the Najibullah Government, which, interestingly, offered fierce resistance, till the Soviet Union collapsed in December 2011 and arms supplies dried up. Pakistan`s long-term objectives in Afghanistan were clearly spelt out earlier by President Zia, who stated: “We have earned the right to have a friendly regime in Afghanistan. We took risks as a frontline state, and won`t permit it to be like it was before, with Indian and Soviet influence there and claims on our territory. It will be a real Islamic state, part of a pan-Islamic revival that will one day win over the Muslims of the Soviet Union, you will see it”.

Mr Gorbachev`s naiveté and Pakistani duplicity and territorial ambitions led to the instability, violence and international terrorism that tore apart the body politic of Afghanistan and brought misery and suffering to its people. Is Mr Obama`s `end game` in Afghanistan and his faith in `reconciliation` with the Taliban set to prolong the agony of the Afghans? Afghanistan is and will likely remain, an international basket case for at least a decade. It will need at least $4.1 billion annually to maintain its armed forces. The economy can become self-sustaining only if the country`s mineral wealth can be put to use, which will require at least a decade of conditions conducive to economic development. The only redeeming feature is that the US, unlike the Soviet Union, will not collapse. Moreover, there is some recognition in the international community that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan will lead to the AfPak region remaining the epicentre of global terrorism.

Much is going to depend on how domestic developments within Afghanistan play out and on the credibility of its Government. It is crucial to ensure that the forthcoming presidential election in 2014 is transparent, fair and credible. It would of course be ideal if India can work with others to try and see that the leading presidential candidate enjoys genuine domestic and international credibility and respect. Given his experience and role as an Afghan patriot, President Hamid Karzai could then assume the role of an elder statesman. Given the ideological inclinations of the Zia era officers, who now run the Pakistani Army, it is going to be a difficult task to persuade and pressurise the military establishment to discard Gen Zia`s grandiose notions of Pakistan`s role in Afghanistan and the Islamic world. The Pakistan Army would claim that it is essential to keep on the right side of Mullah Omar and Sirajuddin Haqqani, given its ongoing operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the Khyber and Kurram tribal agencies. But, New Delhi will be making a serious mistake if it allows misplaced concerns about Pakistani `sensitivities` to inhibit its political and economic partnership, or its defence relationship, including arms supplies, with the dispensation in Kabul.

India has already eroded its credibility and compromised its interests by the extent to which it has sought to appease Chinese `sensitivities` in the conduct of its relations with the US, Japan, Vietnam and others. It must, therefore, not repeat the mistake in dealing with Pakistan.

(Description of Source: New Delhi The Pioneer Online in English -- Website of the pro-Bharatiya Janata Party daily, favors nationalistic foreign and economic policies. Published from Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, and Ranchi; Strongly critical of Congress party, Left, China, Pakistan, and jihadi militancy; URL:

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Jordan: Article Views US-Taliban Talks, Possibility of US-HAMAS Negotiations, Doha Role
Al-Dustur Online
June 22, 2013

Article by Urayb al-Rantawi: “Taliban`s Road to Washington Passes Through Doha...What About HAMAS?”

I was not concerned with the details of the statement made by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in which he announced the suspension of talks with Washington in protest against the “Doha negotiations” between the US and the Taliban Movement because developments in the Afghan crisis were heading in this direction. It was obvious that Washington was about to “raise the white flag” before the movement that embraced Al-Qa`ida and Usama Bin Ladin, that were not far at all from the 11 September attacks last year, and that fought the US and allied armies for over a dozen years.

I say that I was not concerned with the statement`s details or its reasons and justifications. My thoughts went to “another statement” that I fear could one day come out from Ramallah in which the (Palestinian) Authority could announce its withdrawal from the efforts to resume the US-sponsored negotiations with Israel, and perhaps suspend security coordination with Israel, exactly as Karzai did, who hinted at suspending negotiations on the security agreement with the US. Then, the Authority could put its old and new threats into action.

The reason that could push the authority to do so according to this “imagined scenario” is evident in Doha`s hosting of the negotiation marathon between Washington and HAMAS, and probably between Israel and HAMAS under US sponsorship and “generous” Qatari hosting after Doha completes its role (function) in softening the sharp corners in HAMAS`s positions and strategies just as it did with the Taliban, or some of them. As the facts point out, the Gulf capital that has been accustomed to receive “resistances” especially the Islamic ones, is doing so in order to remove what is left of the “resistance fat” off its skin and soul, otherwise it would not have dared to do what it did.

I know that a “wide imagination” such as this one could bother many of our friends and brothers in HAMAS, their devotees and audience. But I ask them to put their reactions aside and accompany me on a journey of reading the following facts: First, there is a common wide and broad Islamic reference between HAMAS and the Taliban. Relatively, the Taliban are more extremist than HAMAS and have killed more American soldiers than HAMAS has killed Israeli civilians and military personnel together. Washington agreed to a dialogue with the Taliban, and nothing will prevent it from agreeing to negotiate with HAMAS.

Second: None of HAMAS`s hawks and doves, its politicians and mujahideen, has a single belief that Doha is liberally bestowing upon HAMAS and accommodating its political bureau stemming from a commitment to the path of the resistance and jihad on which the movement was raised, and with which it gained all this influence and momentum. I can almost swear that in the end every one of them realizes that the price of remaining in Doha and expanding the channels of support will ultimately become clear through renouncing the path of the resistance, readjusting the movement and rehabilitating it so that it becomes a positioned political player in the heart of the moderate Arab camp or the Arab Sunni camp which apparently has strategically decided to change “the enemy” and redefine it. If Doha shows patience in its quest, it is because it is fully aware that “changing the skin” of revolutionary ideological movements needs time, effort, and a lot of “enticement.” If it took 11 years with the Taliban, then without a doubt, it will take less time with HAMAS because of the differences in circumstances, context, environment, preparedness, and tendency.

Third: Regarding the expiration of the “two-state solution,” the impossibility of implementing the project of the “one state two nations” project, and the domination of the Israeli trend toward unilateral steps in the West Bank, or whatever is left of the populated areas in it, no matter how much the national Palestinian Authority rushes, it would be very embarrassed to accept such a project, since it was established on the concept of the “national project” and the slogan of the independent state. As for HAMAS, the “religious component” prevailing over the “national component” in its rhetoric will make it more ready to deal with the unilateral “outcomes,” as long as they are “unilateral” and do not require peace, recognition, or negotiation with Israel. Did HAMAS not tell us that it “liberated the Gaza Strip” from which Ari`el Sharon unilaterally disengaged? He could have stayed perched on it for years and decades to come had it not been for the “demography” fear that is worrying him and all Israelis. Does the impossibility of the two-state solution and the one state solution not open the door to an “Islamic solution” for the Palestinian issue, a solution to reproduce Sharon`s project for the temporary long-term solution, Netanyahu`s project for the state with temporary borders, and the Kerry-Netanyahu-Egyptian economic peace?

The process of “adjustment” and “rehabilitation” that HAMAS is undergoing has been going on for some time, and the emir of Qatar`s visit to the Gaza Strip is nothing but an attempt to build a firm “infrastructure” for a sustainable truce and calmness rather than sustainable development. The process of adjustment and rehabilitation has accelerated in an unprecedented manner in the context of the development of the Syrian crisis, and the widening of sectarian division, where day after day HAMAS is moving from one camp to another without any ally remaining vis-A -vis the resistance, its obligations and needs whether in Cairo, Ankara, or in the Gulf capitals.

Rumors about differences and controversy within HAMAS regardless of the information being circulated, some of which is true and most of which is “fabricated,” is a natural process of this rehabilitation and adjustment process, and it is a process that vouches for the Taliban and others alike. There is a lot of information about the “mujahideen hawks of the inside,” and the dove politicians of the outside a(euro)” Doha, which the media specialized in covering the Taliban and Afghanistan affairs are talking about.

If we add to that the regional context surrounding HAMAS and the Palestinian issue, we see that HAMAS`s new allies are not likely to put the Palestinian issue at the top of their agenda, from now and probably in the next 10 years. They are busy writing guarantee and reassurance letters to Israel and Washington and are busy chasing and destroying tunnels and they have a strong desire to transfer the enemy from Israel to Syria and Iran. Didn`t Muhammad Mursi do that loudly and clearly and in front of a crowd of mujahideen and jurists? Didn`t Recep Tayyip Erdogan promote his country`s relations with Washington and the NATO in the last two years, when the secular governments and regimes that preceded him did not do that? Do you remember Rachid Ghannouchi`s statements in the US and his repeated confirmation that resisting “normalization” is not in the dictionary of Tunisia and the Ennahda Party? They are busy with the issues of authority, reaching and staying at the helm of power, Islamizing the society and (imposing) the Muslim Brotherhood on the state. As for Palestine and the resistance, they are no longer effective even as a “fig leaf” or as a provocative slogan to gain support and mobilize supporters.

The ball is in HAMAS`s court, and it is approaching the most dangerous moments in its history and the most critical crossroads in its path. Regardless of the good intentions that are paving the road to hell, HAMAS is called upon to make a comprehensive review of its positions, alliances, and priorities. It is called on to raise the “nationalist level” in its rhetoric at a time when sectarianism has dominated the rhetoric of countries, groups, factions, and figures. HAMAS is called on to rescue its national identity before becoming lost in the midst of sectarian identities that are threatening to devour the Arab Spring and turn it into ruins just as they are threatening the Arab democratic project and that are nearly wiping out the last breath of the resistance project.

(Description of Source: Amman Al-Dustur Online in Arabic -- Website of Al-Dustur, major Jordanian daily with pro-Palestinian line; partially owned by government; features relatively influential contributors such as Yasir al-Za`atirah, Urayb al-Rintawi, and Mahir Abu-Tayr; URL:

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