War in Afghanistan Has Run for Long, Solution Available

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called on the Taliban to lower their arms during the upcoming Eid holidays.
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KABUL, Afghanistan - Aug. 20, 2018 - PRLog -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons during the upcoming Eid holidays, but Taliban have not yet accepted the offer.

Last year, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was the Former Prime Minister, accused of killing civilians in the late 90's in Kabul was invited back to the country through a peace agreement, which was hoped to send a clear signal to the Taliban to also join peace.

However, this deal involving Hekmatyar was seen by the Taliban as "traitor" and as well by human rights groups as violations of the Afghan constitution, but the Taliban called on to continue fighting against foreign forces within the country despite the news.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has not yet created a new policy for Afghanistan and is, in fact, running on the older foreign policy in the region which includes Pakistan and China. However, the Bush and Obama war policy now has been in diplomatic circles which might change with the Blackwater contract deal.

International governments that include the UK and NATO want the Taliban to stop attacks; however, it is unlikely as the U.S. carries out drone activities which is killing people at night especially in the villages in the eastern part of Nangarhar province.

On his official visit to Canada in 2013, Former Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar sat down at the Radisson Hotel in Ottawa with Meladul Haq Ahmadzai and discussed the solution to the Afghan war. Atmar stated that the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan at a slow pace and run a new policy for "reintegration" for the Afghan people. He added that when he was the minister, "it worked in the past by attracting Taliban to lower their weapons."

Meanwhile, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Afghan Envoy to Pakistan, echoed that "Afghan authorities have tested the reintegration of Taliban which was financed by U.S. government, therefore it should be done more often and likely in favor of the Afghan people."

The election is approaching in October of this year, and Hekmatyar will likely run as a candidate in the Afghan elections against Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. The Taliban has called on all Afghans to stay away from election polls and prohibited them from voting.

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