Reportedly, Kabul has proffered a power-sharing agreement to the Taliban, in exchange for stopping the ongoing violence in the country.
An anonymous governmental source stated that the Afghan government had been negotiating peace with the Taliban political office in Doha, Qatar. “Yes, the government has submitted a proposal to Qatar as mediator. The proposal allows the Taliban to share power in return for a halt in violence in the country,” he said. Another negotiator, Ghulam Farooq Majroh, reiterated without much detail that the Taliban were offered to establish a “government of peace”.
This update came about on Thursday (13th August), as the Taliban took over Gazni, about 150km south of Kabul, the 10th provincial capital in a week. However, this development has not been ratified by the official presidential palace in Kabul, who had said that peace negotiations were still taking place without any changes in the progress.
The chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation for Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, said that they had shared the government’s reconciliation plans with Qatar, after he met with foreign diplomats from United States, China, Russia and Afghanistan’s regional neighbors in Doha.