Saturday, 08 January 2011 18:04
Afghan peace delegation led by Burhanuddin Rabbani has started peace discussions with senior officials in Islamabad.
Members of the Afghan peace delegation consisted of members of High Peace Council Friday met with Premier Yusuf Reza Gilani, a key player in Afghan peace deals with the Taliban.
Beginning peace talks with senior Pakistani officials on Thursday, the members firstly met with Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari.
Mr Zardari pledged his country's enduring support to Afghan peace efforts.
Ghairat Baheer, presenting Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's party of Hezb-e-Islami in the talks acknowledged withdrawal of foreign forces as the only condition to bring peace in Afghanistan.
"I think foreign forces should leave Afghanistan based on a timeline and as long as they stay, their presence would be a motive for continuation of war in Afghanistan. Till the motive is not removed, the war will continue in Afghanistan," Mr Baheer told TOLOnews.
Pakistani experts said the Taliban do not count on Karzai's government and the peace council.
"The Taliban completely reject this. They do not accept Karzai's government and they think Afghan government does not authority and it is Americans who make all the decisions," Rahimullah Yousufzai, a Pakistani political analyst, told TOLOnews.
Islamabad has long been insisting that Pakistan could play a crucial role between Afghan government and the Taliban leadership.
In his last trip to Kabul, Pakistan's Premier said Pakistan is "part of the solution not the problem".
The US has increased pressure on Pakistan to destroy insurgents' footholds made in Pakistan's territory, but growing crisis in Pakistan has made those efforts even more complicated.