AHMADZAI: Peace is the greatest desire of Afghanistan people, not pursue war
Taliban are stronger in capturing Afghan cities, but they failed in control of Kunduz. The election has been scheduled for Afghanistan at the end of the month and some candidates have dropped out.
Recent events of war analysis shows that Taliban are somewhat weak in direct battles with Afghan government forces. According to one ToloNews guest aired on tv said how are vehicles being used in the war such as the recent Green Village attack in Kabul which killed dozens.
Meanwhile, the 9th round peace talks concluded under leadership of Qatar government which included Taliban leaders and US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Yesterday, Khalilzad met with Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani to seek his input on ending the 18-year conflict. But US President Donald Trump said that he would keep up to 8,600 forces in Afghanistan long after a peace agreement has been finalized with Taliban.
According to Meladul Haq Ahmadzai, an Afghan-Canadian peace activist says, "there are some foreign groups that do not support the so-called peace in Afghanistan which is dragging the war to go on." He further adds, "Afghan voice for peace does not need to be silent, rather heard out loud in order to move up the civilian peace process in the country."
In 2013, Ahmadzai met with former Afghan Minister Haneef Atmar on his visit to Canada in which he talked about the upcoming elections, inclusive peace, and Canada's future role in Afghanistan. Atmar was optimistic about Canada's involvement in the peace process in Afghanistan, but Canada has been inactive in the country since 2014 when it withdrew forces from Afghanistan.
Recently, Ahmadzai visited Kabul in 2017 to meet with peace supporters like Qazi Amin Waqad who offered his full support for a civilian-led peace conference in the country. But today both Mr. Waqad and Mr. Atmar have resigned from government position, and this leaves a gap in the peace process.
The presidential election has been scheduled to take place in Afghanistan this month and Atmar has drop out of the race.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai is an Afghan-Canadian peace activist who lives in Canada. He is currently pursuing MSc degree in Global Health. He writes about Afghan peace & war. Visit his website www.ahmadzai.ca