Afghanistan on Sunday known as on Pakistan to compel the Taliban to fulfil their commitments to cut back violence and to comply with a ceasefire, a day after the US stated it will assessment its settlement with the militant group within the wake of a spike in violence.

The Afghan overseas ministry known as on Pakistan and different worldwide companions to press the Taliban to finish violence in response to feedback by Pakistan’s overseas minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi that the US ought to “not reverse things” in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban have not only failed to live up to their commitments to reduce violence and move toward a comprehensive ceasefire, but have escalated the violence to an unprecedented level, carrying out targeted killings and creating new challenges to meaningful negotiations and lasting peace,” the Afghan overseas ministry stated in a press release.

“We expect the government of Pakistan and all our international partners to compel the Taliban to fulfil their commitments to reduce violence, to secure a nationwide ceasefire and to sever ties with terrorist groups so that the way for meaningful peace talks and political agreement is paved,” it stated.

Most of the Taliban’s prime commanders and its management council and clerics are primarily based in Pakistan, particularly in Quetta and the nation’s northwest. During a latest go to to Pakistan, prime Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar stated all selections concerning the peace course of are made after consulting the management primarily based in Pakistan.

Qureshi, in an interview with Al Jazeera final week, had known as on new US President Joe Biden to observe up on the Afghan peace course of and US troop withdrawal. “I think they should realise there is an opportunity in Afghanistan and they should persevere with what was initiated and not reverse things,” he stated.

He contended Pakistan had “done a lot” to create an surroundings to facilitate the peace course of, and blamed “spoilers” – inner Afghan gamers and “elements from outside” – for the violence.

The new US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, advised his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib throughout a cellphone name on Saturday that the Biden administration intends to assessment the US-Taliban settlement that was finalised in February 2020. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate whether or not the Taliban resides as much as its “commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders”.

Over the previous few weeks, Afghan authorities officers, civil society activists and journalists have been focused in bombings and assaults in Kabul and different cities throughout Afghanistan. On January 14, India had known as for a right away cease to the focused assaults and sought a complete ceasefire to take ahead efforts to usher in peace.

Among the phobia teams energetic in Afghanistan and having hyperlinks with the Taliban are al-Qaeda and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). According to a UN report, there are some 6,500 Pakistani fighters energetic in Afghanistan.

The Afghan overseas ministry stated regional and worldwide consensus is required to realize lasting peace in Afghanistan. “We appreciate the efforts of all parties who sincerely support the Afghan peace process. We expect the parties involved in the peace process to fulfil their commitments towards achieving peace,” it stated.

The Afghan authorities has taken the “most important steps” to construct belief and pave the way in which for a complete political settlement by releasing greater than 6,000 Taliban prisoners, declaring its readiness for a right away and nationwide ceasefire, and collaborating in peace talks, the ministry added.


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