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Mamun says "The security situation can deteriorate further, because the government is incompetent. The government should prosecute and punish terrorists. It is a shame that the Afghan government complains and makes noises when NATO operations cause civilian casualties, but it is silent when the Taleban kill civilians or spread acid on women's faces."
Mir says in conclusion that the problem in Afghanistan is the lack of political commitment. Military challenges will increase unless political problems inside Afghanistan are addressed and dealt with, says Mir.

[Description of Source: Kabul Tolo Television in Dari -- independent television; part of the Moby Media Group]



Afghanistan: Al-Jazirah Airs 'Exclusive' Footage of Taliban-Allied Haqqani Group
GMP20100119615001 Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic 1315 GMT 19 Jan 10
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Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic at 1315 GMT on 19 January carries the following announcer-read report:
"US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ruled out the possibility of the Taliban accepting Afghan President Hamid Karzai's plan for reconciliation in the country -- a plan Karzai intends to propose in the forthcoming conference in London by the end of this month.
"The spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry has said that the security forces in the capital of Kabul were put on high alert following the attack in Kabul that targeted the presidential palace and other ministries and the battles that lasted for several hours.
"Sirajuddin Haqqani, a key Taliban commander, has lauded the Pakistani and Afghan tribes' cooperation with and support for the Taliban on both sides of the border. Speaking to Al-Jazirah, he accused the Pakistani Government of following in the footsteps of the West and antagonizing the Taliban. The Haqqani group is considered one of three groups in the Taliban that the Afghan Government and the foreign troops classify as extremist."
Immediately afterward, the channel carries an "exclusive" video report by its correspondent in Kabul, Samir Allawi, who begins by saying: "In one of the Taliban headquarters on the Afghan border with Pakistan, the command of the so-called Haqqani group is communicating with field commanders in southeastern Afghan provinces to follow the operations."
The report then carries an excerpt of a message over the radio, in a local dialect with Arabic voiceover translation, translated from the Arabic: "I congratulate you on the success that the mujahidin has scored. Two US vehicles were destroyed and all those in them were killed."
Responding to the above message over the radio, a Taliban leader is shown saying: "Well done. We congratulate you on the victory you have scored. These are good tidings for the new year. They [the Americans] announced that this year will be bloody, and we hope it will be so."
Allawi continues by saying: "Haqqani's group is well-known for the organized attacks it launches on the main cities in southeast Afghanistan." He adds: "The group is attributed to commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, known for his fierce fighting during the Soviet invasion of the 1980s. He later took a leading position in the Taliban. His son, Sirajuddin, who is wanted by the United States, has become his successor."
Sirajuddin Haqqani, commander of the Haqqani network in the Taliban Movement, is shown speaking to Al-Jazirah: "We have tolerated the pressure and the harm the Pakistani Government inflicted on the Islamic Emirate. We are tolerating all the harm because we maintain a relationship with the Pakistani people."
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[Description of Source: Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic -- Independent Television station financed by the Qatari Government]

Afghan experts dismiss idea of negotiation with Taleban
SAP20100124950058 Kabul Tolo Television in Dari 1730 GMT 20 Jan 10
[Updated Version: adding search term "Afghan TV discussion program"]

Afghan experts dismiss idea of negotiation with Taleban


Several political experts taking part in a TV discussion have said it is impractical for the government to negotiate with the Taleban. One, Jafar Rasul, said such negotiation were just an exchange of demands by two or more sides which could not make any concessions without the permission of the international community and Pakistan respectively. Another, Nasrollah Stanekzai, accused the international community and the Afghan government of using the issue merely for propaganda purposes. The following is an excerpt from the "Goftoman" ("Discourse") talk show broadcast by Afghan independent Tolo TV on 20 January:
[Presenter] Hello. Welcome to the "Goftoman" programme on Tolo TV. An international conference is going to be held on Afghanistan in London next week. One of the discussion topics at the conference will be negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taleban. However, the Taleban conducted a series of attacks in Kabul 10 days before the conference. How effective can negotiations be with the Taleban considering recent actions? Our guests in the programme are Mr Fazel Sancharaki spokesman of the National Front, Mr Jafar Rasuli expert in international relations, Mr Nasrollah Stanekzai university lecturer, Rafi Ferdaus member of the government media centre and Wahid Mozhda political expert. Welcome dear guests.
Mr Ferdaus, how is the new strategy of the Afghan government for negotiations different, since the government has always tried to negotiate with the Taleban in the past five years?
[Passage omitted: Ferdaus says the government plans to provide the Taleban who join the government with financial assistance, employment and other needs.]
[Presenter] Mr Sancharaki, with whom specifically does the Afghan government negotiate? The opposition to the government oppositions seems to have several branches.
[Passage omitted: Sancharaki says the National Front has been in touch with Taleban figures Mullah Mohammad Omar, Mullah Mansur and Jalaloddin Haqqani at various times. He criticizes President Karzai for not sharing issue of negotiations with political parties and parliament, accuses Karzai of using issue for personal propaganda advantage.]
[Presenter] Mr Mozhda, do the Taleban have any specific people with the authority to make decisions?
[Mozhda] The dangerous and fighting Taleban have a single leadership and their leader is Mullah Omar. Some figures in the government think Mullah Omar does not have the authority to make a decision without Pakistan, but that is not true taking into consideration arrest of most high-ranking Taleban members in Pakistan during the past eight years - [presenter interrupts.]
[Presenter] Who will represent Mullah Omar at the London Conference as he will not participate in it? Or will the host country or the British represent him?
[Mozhda] There is no negotiation. Obama's strategy emphasizes war for 18 months and the Afghan government may only want to discuss the issue of negotiation in the conference. The government mostly talks about removing Mullah Omar's name from the [terrorist] blacklist while the international community does not agree with it. I think discussions about negotiations with the Taleban at the coming London Conference will have no results.
[Presenter] What do you think the Afghan government and the host country for the conference want to prove by promoting this issue in the media?
[Mozhda] I do not think the British government will support this strategy, because the British people are smart and can play with the issue very well. They will not support the removal of Mullah Omar's name from the blacklist either. However, the Afghan government wants to show to the international community with this strategy that there is a national government in Afghanistan which should be supported, otherwise the international community's mission is over.
[Presenter] Mr Rasuli; how practical are negotiations with the Taleban?
[Passage omitted: Rasuli says such negotiations are is not practical because Mullah Omar does not have the authority to decide without Pakistan's permission. He says the government's negotiation strategy is just empty words.]
[Jafar] Even if Jalaloddin Haqqani, Mullah Omar and Golboddin Hekmatyar decide to join the political process, they will demand a leading role in the country, which does not seem practical taking into consideration the Afghan government's current structure and ministers such as Rahim Wardag and Omar Zakhelwal. Meanwhile, the Afghan government cannot give the Taleban what they demand because it does not have the authority to negotiate without the USA's and the international community's permission. War is more practical than negotiations in the current situation. Besides, the US, UK and other countries have always played with words, but have never shown readiness to tackle issues such as negotiations.
[Presenter] Mr Stanekzai, do you think presence of Gen Dostum in the government is a reason for the Taleban not to negotiate?
[Passage omitted: Stanekzai says not only Gen Dostum but also some other groups and individuals in the government try to keep the Taleban away so they will not lose their current positions.]
[Stanekzai continues] The government's plan or draft of negotiation is just a word while there is nothing on the paper. It will have no achievements.
[Presenter] Mr Mozhda; do you think there are any solution to ensure peace in the country at least in the short-term?
[Passage omitted: Mozhda says there are no solutions, because the Taleban are united. He says even if a Taleban commander joins the government, he is immediately excluded from body of the Taleban, but the men under his command will remain with the Taleban.]
[Mozhda continues] When Mullah Salam surrendered in Musa Qala District in Helmand, his men did not come with him. Similarly, when Mullah Mansur Dadollah negotiated with Michael Sample, Mullah Omar declared him excluded from the Taleban although Dadollah had achieved many victories for the Taleban in the area.
[Presenter] Mr Sancharaki; what kind of practical negotiation is conceivable?
[Sancharaki] Mr Karzai has created massive distrust in the country over the past eight years by removing the main pillars of stability in the country which include political parties and influential individuals. Mr Karzai even deceived his electoral allies by rejecting their ministers-designate in the parliament. The Taleban do not trust President Karzai for this reason. They fear from being deceived like Dostum, Khalili, Sayaf and Mohaqeq. The only solution for ensuring stability in the country is rehabilitation of the broken national trust and real political partnership in the country.
[Passage omitted: Rasuli says the Taleban are waiting for the foreign forces to leave Afghanistan and for the same thing which happened in Vietnam. He says the government, on the other hand, waits for a day when the Taleban will be suppressed by the foreign forces so most Taleban commanders will surrender; Stanekzai says negotiations are meaningless and futile without having a specific address of the one or ones you negotiate with. He says that perhaps the Afghan government and the international community want to take propagandistic advantage out of their uproars about negotiation in the public opinion.]

[Description of Source: Kabul Tolo Television in Dari -- independent television; part of the Moby Media Group]

Afghan experts dismiss idea of negotiation with Taleban
SAP20100124950058 Kabul Tolo Television in Dari 1730 GMT 20 Jan 10
[Updated Version: adding search term "Afghan TV discussion program"]

Afghan experts dismiss idea of negotiation with Taleban


Several political experts taking part in a TV discussion have said it is impractical for the government to negotiate with the Taleban. One, Jafar Rasul, said such negotiation were just an exchange of demands by two or more sides which could not make any concessions without the permission of the international community and Pakistan respectively. Another, Nasrollah Stanekzai, accused the international community and the Afghan government of using the issue merely for propaganda purposes. The following is an excerpt from the "Goftoman" ("Discourse") talk show broadcast by Afghan independent Tolo TV on 20 January:
[Presenter] Hello. Welcome to the "Goftoman" programme on Tolo TV. An international conference is going to be held on Afghanistan in London next week. One of the discussion topics at the conference will be negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taleban. However, the Taleban conducted a series of attacks in Kabul 10 days before the conference. How effective can negotiations be with the Taleban considering recent actions? Our guests in the programme are Mr Fazel Sancharaki spokesman of the National Front, Mr Jafar Rasuli expert in international relations, Mr Nasrollah Stanekzai university lecturer, Rafi Ferdaus member of the government media centre and Wahid Mozhda political expert. Welcome dear guests.
Mr Ferdaus, how is the new strategy of the Afghan government for negotiations different, since the government has always tried to negotiate with the Taleban in the past five years?
[Passage omitted: Ferdaus says the government plans to provide the Taleban who join the government with financial assistance, employment and other needs.]
[Presenter] Mr Sancharaki, with whom specifically does the Afghan government negotiate? The opposition to the government oppositions seems to have several branches.
[Passage omitted: Sancharaki says the National Front has been in touch with Taleban figures Mullah Mohammad Omar, Mullah Mansur and Jalaloddin Haqqani at various times. He criticizes President Karzai for not sharing issue of negotiations with political parties and parliament, accuses Karzai of using issue for personal propaganda advantage.]
[Presenter] Mr Mozhda, do the Taleban have any specific people with the authority to make decisions?
[Mozhda] The dangerous and fighting Taleban have a single leadership and their leader is Mullah Omar. Some figures in the government think Mullah Omar does not have the authority to make a decision without Pakistan, but that is not true taking into consideration arrest of most high-ranking Taleban members in Pakistan during the past eight years - [presenter interrupts.]
[Presenter] Who will represent Mullah Omar at the London Conference as he will not participate in it? Or will the host country or the British represent him?
[Mozhda] There is no negotiation. Obama's strategy emphasizes war for 18 months and the Afghan government may only want to discuss the issue of negotiation in the conference. The government mostly talks about removing Mullah Omar's name from the [terrorist] blacklist while the international community does not agree with it. I think discussions about negotiations with the Taleban at the coming London Conference will have no results.
[Presenter] What do you think the Afghan government and the host country for the conference want to prove by promoting this issue in the media?
[Mozhda] I do not think the British government will support this strategy, because the British people are smart and can play with the issue very well. They will not support the removal of Mullah Omar's name from the blacklist either. However, the Afghan government wants to show to the international community with this strategy that there is a national government in Afghanistan which should be supported, otherwise the international community's mission is over.
[Presenter] Mr Rasuli; how practical are negotiations with the Taleban?
[Passage omitted: Rasuli says such negotiations are is not practical because Mullah Omar does not have the authority to decide without Pakistan's permission. He says the government's negotiation strategy is just empty words.]
[Jafar] Even if Jalaloddin Haqqani, Mullah Omar and Golboddin Hekmatyar decide to join the political process, they will demand a leading role in the country, which does not seem practical taking into consideration the Afghan government's current structure and ministers such as Rahim Wardag and Omar Zakhelwal. Meanwhile, the Afghan government cannot give the Taleban what they demand because it does not have the authority to negotiate without the USA's and the international community's permission. War is more practical than negotiations in the current situation. Besides, the US, UK and other countries have always played with words, but have never shown readiness to tackle issues such as negotiations.
[Presenter] Mr Stanekzai, do you think presence of Gen Dostum in the government is a reason for the Taleban not to negotiate?
[Passage omitted: Stanekzai says not only Gen Dostum but also some other groups and individuals in the government try to keep the Taleban away so they will not lose their current positions.]
[Stanekzai continues] The government's plan or draft of negotiation is just a word while there is nothing on the paper. It will have no achievements.
[Presenter] Mr Mozhda; do you think there are any solution to ensure peace in the country at least in the short-term?
[Passage omitted: Mozhda says there are no solutions, because the Taleban are united. He says even if a Taleban commander joins the government, he is immediately excluded from body of the Taleban, but the men under his command will remain with the Taleban.]
[Mozhda continues] When Mullah Salam surrendered in Musa Qala District in Helmand, his men did not come with him. Similarly, when Mullah Mansur Dadollah negotiated with Michael Sample, Mullah Omar declared him excluded from the Taleban although Dadollah had achieved many victories for the Taleban in the area.
[Presenter] Mr Sancharaki; what kind of practical negotiation is conceivable?
[Sancharaki] Mr Karzai has created massive distrust in the country over the past eight years by removing the main pillars of stability in the country which include political parties and influential individuals. Mr Karzai even deceived his electoral allies by rejecting their ministers-designate in the parliament. The Taleban do not trust President Karzai for this reason. They fear from being deceived like Dostum, Khalili, Sayaf and Mohaqeq. The only solution for ensuring stability in the country is rehabilitation of the broken national trust and real political partnership in the country.
[Passage omitted: Rasuli says the Taleban are waiting for the foreign forces to leave Afghanistan and for the same thing which happened in Vietnam. He says the government, on the other hand, waits for a day when the Taleban will be suppressed by the foreign forces so most Taleban commanders will surrender; Stanekzai says negotiations are meaningless and futile without having a specific address of the one or ones you negotiate with. He says that perhaps the Afghan government and the international community want to take propagandistic advantage out of their uproars about negotiation in the public opinion.]

[Description of Source: Kabul Tolo Television in Dari -- independent television; part of the Moby Media Group]

Afghan peace process to fail without Taleban leaders' involvement - ex-member
SAP20100215950045 Kabul Hasht-e-Sobh in Dari 11 Feb 10

Afghan peace process to fail without Taleban leaders' involvement - ex-member


Excerpt from an article in Dari entitled: "Peace Reconciliation Commission says the Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami should be given share [in power]", published by Afghan independent secular daily newspaper Hasht-e Sobh on 11 February
Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami members say that a document they will receive in return for joining the peace process from the Peace Reconciliation Commission will give them immunity to persecution by the security forces. Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami members will join the Afghan government side if they get a letter in writing from the Peace Reconciliation Commission not to be persecuted by Afghan and foreign security forces.
One of the members of the Taleban, who was working against Afghan and international security forces in Wardag Province, but recently joined the peace process, says that the document, which will be given by the Peace Reconciliation Commission, will let them feel safe. Zahidollah, one of the Taleban insurgents who joined the Peace Reconciliation Commission, along with nearly 100 others, says: "There are some corrupt persons working in security departments who will follow and bother us considering us as the Taleban and this document will be very helpful for us and we can feel safe at home."
While government officials and the Peace Reconciliation Commission hope to decrease the size of these two anti-government groups [Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami] by encouraging them, Zahidollah says that there will not be an end to the war and problems of Afghanistan with some ordinary armed Taleban or Hezb-e Eslami members joining the Afghan government side. He said the Afghan government should invite the top leaders of the Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami and consider their aspirations and demands fully. He added that for example, Mullah Omar, Hekmatyar and Maulana Jalaloddin Haqqani must be invited to discuss Afghanistan's problems at leadership levels. The few Taleban who join the peace process will only save their lives and relax at home. If the problems were solved by a few Taleban members joining the peace process, it would have been done in the last four or five years.
[Passage omitted: repeat]
The deputy head of the Peace Reconciliation Commission has said in a programme about joining the peace process that this commission needs the international community's donations without any conditions. He added: "We are trying to provide a chance for anti-government insurgents to live peacefully and share both political and civilian issues of Afghanistan. They can even join the new Afghan government through elections, since they are Afghans."
Meanwhile those in charge of this commission say that hundreds of Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami members have joined this commission with their weapons. They add that 9,000 members of the Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami have joined the government side through this commission and more that 1,000 others have been released from Bagram and Guantanamo prisons. But reports state that some of these people have rejoined the anti-government group and are fighting the Afghan and international forces.

[Description of Source: Kabul Hasht-e-Sobh in Dari -- Eight-page secular daily launched in May 2007; editor-in-chief, Qasim Akhgar, is a political analyst and Head of the Association for the Freedom of Speech. ]


Afghan peace process to fail without Taleban leaders' involvement - ex-member


SAP20100215950045 Kabul Hasht-e-Sobh in Dari 11 Feb 10

Afghan peace process to fail without Taleban leaders' involvement - ex-member


Excerpt from an article in Dari entitled: "Peace Reconciliation Commission says the Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami should be given share [in power]", published by Afghan independent secular daily newspaper Hasht-e Sobh on 11 February
Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami members say that a document they will receive in return for joining the peace process from the Peace Reconciliation Commission will give them immunity to persecution by the security forces. Taleban and Hezb-e Eslami members will join the Afghan government side if they get a letter in writing from the Peace Reconciliation Commission not to be persecuted by Afghan and foreign security forces.
One of the members of the Taleban, who was working against Afghan and international security forces in Wardag Province, but recently joined the peace process, says that the document, which will be given by the Peace Reconciliation Commission, will let them feel safe. Zahidollah, one of the Taleban insurgents who joined the Peace Reconciliation Commission, along with nearly 100 others, says: "There are some corrupt persons working in security departments who will follow and bother us considering us as the Taleban and this document will be very helpful for us and we can feel safe at home."
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