New peace body could push peace talks forward, proposes Gilani


KABUL: The leader of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA) has proposed the creation of a new body to push forward the slow-paced peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Talking with a television interview on Sunday, Sayed Hamed Gilani said that around 300 Afghans lost their lives to conflict on a daily basis and the government and Taliban should stay committed to their pledges and continue peace talks without any delays.

He believed current peace bodies were not of much help as talks started months ago but they are yet to produce any breakthrough, adding a new council should be created to work honestly for peace in the country.

The new council should be acceptable to all the people and parties, he added.

Gilani said that President Ashraf Ghani should not try to complete his five-year term of the presidency under the pretext of bringing peace to the country.

‘Ghani, at what price do you want to complete five years? Around 300 people are being killed every day,” he added.

He asked the Taliban and the Afghan government to stay committed to their pledges and honestly continue intra-Afghan talks in Qatar.