On Wednesday, a horrendous incident happened in Afghanistan when the Taliban went on to launch an attack on numerous checkpoints killing around 28 Afghan policemen. Peace talks are going around between Qatar and the United States which is the reason for this violence. On 12th September, 2020 both the countries started negotiating where they wanted to end the war. Qari Mohammad Yousef Ahmadi is a spokesperson for the Taliban. He stated that the police refused to surrender which led to the attack. But, Zelgay Ebadi on the other hand had something else to say. He stated that the Taliban killed the policemen after they had surrendered. The incident occurred in a very remote area which is why no kind of verification can be done. The group of Taliban seized the weapons of the security after attacking them and fled from the scene.
What is the status of negotiations going on between Qatar and the United States?
It has been around two weeks with the countries trying to negotiate. They are trying to decide upon an agenda to have a neutral deal. A load of mistrust exists between the bordering countries. Taliban has promised to reduce terrorism if the United States government stops the attacks. Zelgay Ebadi, the spokesperson for the Uruzgan government has released a statement. He said that the Taliban killed everyone after they surrendered, taking their weapons away. 3 police officers managed to escape who gave information regarding the event. The deal and the negotiations are meant to end the fight and violence. However, there has been no positive response from either of the sides.
Why does the Taliban want to separate itself from Pakistan?
Now, talks have begun saying that the Taliban is trying to emerge itself from Pakistan’s shadow. Pakistan is known for its relationships with the group and providing them money. They fund them for the weaponry and their violent activities. The group is associated with Pakistan’s military and they were regime in Afghanistan for carrying out intelligence service activities. Now, the group of terrorists is found in form of militant groups along the borders of both, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Taliban has started making its own strategies to get out of Pakistan’s proxy. However, the country wants to maintain a good relationship and support the structure with them.
Intra-Afghan talks are being held at Oslo, Doha, and Tashkent but Islamabad is not included. With jihadi groups existing in Pakistan, the Taliban wants to get full-scale power over Afghanistan to prevent any conflict. Previously, Pakistan has detained two brothers of the group who reached out to the US government directly. All these restrictions have led to the Taliban creating their own office in Qatar already. They are doing this in order to move out of Pakistan. Terrorism and violence have been increasing. Now, it is getting difficult for others to fight with terrorist groups. They are increasing in number and coming more into power. The status of the Afghan peace talk is not clear yet and hence, we will have to wait to find out about the final decision.