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The Pentagon Peace Ploy Enters A New Phase With the Flipping of Mullah Rasoul

[This stinks to “high heaven” of CIA.  Never forget that Rasoul/Zakir is a graduate of the Guantanamo school of mind-molding.  Any time that he or any other famous Guantanamo alumnus makes it into the Western press, you can be sure that it is the CIA which put them in front of the cameras or microphones.  The report from AlJazeera below, has Rasoul coming out of the Taliban closet, to advocate Taliban peace talks.  This comes after his arrest by Pakistan, for revealing Pakistan’s hand behind Mullah Mansour (An Interview with Mullah Rasool on Reconciliation between the Taliban and the Afghan Government).   Rasoul obviously has something important to advance for the Pak/US alliance (Pakistan Arrests Mullah Rasoul After He Outs CIA/ISI Taliban Mansour).  He was obviously arrested for the same reason behind the arrest of his mentor, Mullah Baradar, to stop any negotiating with the Afghan govt outside of US control (SEE: Arresting Taliban To Cover America’s Ass).   After Pakistan got their extremely persuasive hands upon Rasoul, he declared his differences with Mansour resolved (Mullah Rasoul Stops Fighting Mansour and They Are Now Pals).  I guess that coming out in favor of negotiations with the 4-powers now was to be expected as the next step in the American-Pakistani deception.]]

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Senior Afghan Taliban proposes US talks

aljazeera

In a letter, Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir calls on the Taliban leadership to negotiate with the US and Western governments.

Afghan soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the new parliament after a recent rocket attack [Rahmat Gul/AP]

Afghan soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the new parliament after a recent rocket attack [Rahmat Gul/AP]

 

A senior Taliban commander has released a letter proposing a new strategy for the movement that includes negotiating with the United States and other Western governments.

In a statement to top Taliban members, Mullah Qayyum Zakir said the leadership of the movement must embrace new internal and external policies.

Zakir’s 12-point proposal includes negotiating with the Kabul administration and foreign governments on the implementation of Islamic law, and improving military strategy and coordination within the group.

However, Zabihullah Mujahid – the Taliban spokesman and a close aide of its leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor – said Zakir’s proposal had not been received.

 Left Behind: US’ Afghan translators 

“We don’t know anything about the new strategy, but I will keep saying that we are not going to negotiate with foreign governments and will only focus on bringing back Sharia [Islamic] law,” Mujahid told Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said if the proposal was accepted it would represent a significant shift for the Taliban, which has long demanded the full withdrawal of all Western forces from Afghanistan before any negotiations with the government take place.

Mullah Zakir was long seen as a rival to the new Taliban leader Mansoor. After his appointment Zakir refused to pledge allegiance to him.

However, last month Zakir was reported to have finally pledged fealty.

Rifts within the Taliban

Mullah Mansoor’s appointment was disputed amid reports of rifts within the leadership emerging. Violent clashes were reported between two rival Taliban groups in southern Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen fighters from both sides.

A first round of direct peace talks was held last summer in Pakistan, but the process quickly derailed after the announcement of the death of Taliban founder Mullah Omar.

The Taliban, toppled from power in a US-led invasion in 2001, has waged an armed campaign to overthrow the Afghan government and re-establish its rule.

The nearly 15-year conflict has killed thousands of people and strained the country’s economy.

Last October, US President Barack Obama announced that thousands of US troops would remain in Afghanistan past 2016, keeping the current American force of 9,800 troops in place amid a surge in Taliban attacks.

 Push for Afghanistan peace talks amid Taliban resurgence

Source: Al Jazeera

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Pakistan-India Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue suspended

India-Pakistan Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue suspended, says Islamabad’s envoy Abdul Basit

The Hindu

Kallol Bhattacherjee

  • Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit. File photo
    The Hindu,  Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit. File photo

“I think at present the peace process between India and Pakistan is suspended,” Mr. Basit said.

The India-Pakistan Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which was revived in December 2015, has been suspended, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said on Thursday.

“There is no meeting scheduled as of now. I think at present the peace process is suspended,” Mr. Basit told reporters at a function in New Delhi.

Seven years after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India and Pakistan had agreed to resume structured dialogue between them.

Announcing the breakthrough development on December 9, 2015 in Islamabad at a joint press conference with Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, , External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said, “We have decided to restart the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. The dialogue that was earlier known as Composite Dialogue and later on known as Resumed Dialogue will now be known as the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue.”

India disapproves of Pak view on JIT

Mr. Basit’s statement came as India disapproved Pakistan’s assertion that its Joint Investigation Team on Pathankot attack was not allowed to meet witnesses from the security forces. New Delhi on Thursday said the work of the Pakistan probe team was as per the Terms of Reference, agreed by their respective governments.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the JIT visit was on reciprocal basis and in accordance with the existing legal provisions.

He also emphasised that it was for the first time the Government of India has received cooperation from Pakistan in form of a JIT visit in investigating a terror attack in India.

Asked about Pakistan Foreign Office statement on Wednesday that its JIT was not allowed to meet witnesses from the security forces, he said,”The work of JIT in India was as per the ToR which were agreed between the two governments through their respective foreign offices. They are on reciprocal basis and in accordance with the existing legal provisions.”

He also dismissed a Pakistan media report which quoted an unnamed JIT member as having said that Pathankot terror strike was “stage-managed” by India, saying the government does not respond to any speculative media reports and it will go by what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan officially communicates to it.

Earlier in the day, a Home Ministery said, “It was agreed much in advance of Pakistan’s JIT’s visit that they would not get access to any defence personnel involved in Pathankot operation.”

According to the ToR, the JIT was to interview key witnesses and victims of Pathankot terror attack but there was no mention of access to military or any other security personnel.

Govt. must refrain from ‘unconsulted’ moves: Congress

Meanwhile, the Congress has come down hard on Pakistan for its “unilateral suspension” of peace process, and hoped the NDA government has learnt the lesson and will refrain from “unthought, unconsulted” diplomatic moves aimed at building Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s persona.

“Pakistan’s unilateral suspension of peace process is extremely unfortunate. It is also a grim reminder of how Pakistan time and again has betrayed the peace process and its commitment to resolve all bilateral issues through peaceful negotiations,” party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He hoped that the BJP government has learnt their lesson and will “refrained from unthought, unconsulted diplomatic moves” purely aimed at building Modi’s “larger than life persona at the cost of compromising our nation’s safety and security.”

At the same time, Mr. Surjewala said the Congress stood with all Indians in condemning Pakistan’s skewed move to undo the peace process.

Another party spokesman, Manish Tewari, said the government has itself to blame for the development.

“The Government of India has no one but itself to blame for this unfortunate development. Prime Minister Modi’s flip flops, U-turns and somersaults over the past 22 months have allowed the Pakistani deep state i.e GHQ-ISI-terror groups orchestra to run circles around India.”

“We do hope that this government realises that diplomacy is not done on the fly by the seat of their pants. Government needs to introspect their failures in retrospect”, he added.

The sharp reaction from the Congress came close on the heels of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s remarks that at present the peace process between India and Pakistan is “suspended”.

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