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Any deal in peace process not acceptable

08 Aug 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: A former official said that any deal in peace process

is not acceptable for the Afghan masses and the process must be pure Afghani.

Former advisor to the president, Shahzada Masoud expressed

his strong reaction over any kind of peace deal, saying such agreement would

have a very bad implication and not acceptable at all.

“There is something cooking between US and Pakistan over

Afghan peace,” he said, calling on stakeholders to stay imperial and support

Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.

He said the two major events—election—the peace process with

Taliban must under control of Afghans, where according to him these important

process is not Afghan-owned.

His remarks come as an agreement between US and Taliban are

expected to be finalized in shortest time. US Special Envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad

said excellent progress made during talks with Taliban in the eighth round of


But Masoud emphasized that the process should led by Afghans

and owned by them and must not be handed to other countries.

“We support any efforts for peace, but that should be

Afghan-owned,” he added.

In regards to election, he termed it against interest of

Afghanistan. He termed peace process important than having a fraudulent

election which is not acceptable for Afghans.

He blamed the government for making barriers ahead of peace.

In the wake of peace talks, a Taliban bomber killed least 14

people and injured nearly 150 others, mostly civilians, including women and


The bomber targeted a police station in western part of

Kabul city on Wednesday morning. The explosion sent a large cloud of smoke into

the sky and it was too heavy that felt in far areas of Kabul city.

The Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the deadly

attack amid ongoing peace talks with reports of excellent progress between US

peace envoy and the Taliban negotiation members to find a political settlement

to the long years of conflict in Afghanistan.

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