Afghan papers give coverage to govt peace efforts

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-10-30 16:39:25

The Afghan newspapers on Wednesday's editions gave coverage to the government's peace efforts aimed at finding negotiated settlement to the prolonged crisis in the country.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is now in London to hold summit with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister of the host country David Cameron on the situation in Afghanistan and the ongoing peace process in the Asian country,

"President Hamid Karzai began a five-day visit to Britain on Tuesday in which he will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and British Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at kick starting the stalled Taliban peace process," the English newspaper Daily Outlook wrote in its front page.

The paper also added that Karzai in the talks, which begin on Wednesday, would also demand explanation from Pakistani Premier Sharif on the issue of release of Taliban second in command Mullah Brother who was arrested in Pakistan in 2010. The newspaper added that Mullah Brother if released could help succeed the peace talks between Afghan government and the Taliban leadership.

Another paper the Daily Afghanistan also wrote in its edition that peace talks between Taliban and the Afghan government will begin in near future.

"Peace negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban would be commenced soon," citing Mustasem Agha Jan, the chief of Taliban Political Committee, the Daily Afghanistan said.

Aghan Jan's comment was also reflected in the Daily Mandegar.

"We hate the war, we have paid huge price for the war, we want peace in our country and peace talks with the government will begin soon," quoting the Taliban leader Agha jan, the Daily Mandegar as saying.

This is the third summit over the past one year to encourage Taliban for talks, another Afghan newspaper Hasht-e-Subh reported.

"Since the Taliban militants have been fighting in Afghanistan with the support of Pakistan, the peace will not return to the country and Taliban will not negotiate unless and until Pakistan gives up backing to the Taliban. To achieve the goal of peace, it is for President Karzai to strongly ask Islamabad to halt supporting Taliban militants," Hasht-e-Subh pointed out in an article published in its edition.

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