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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Oct 27, 2011
Acceding to Negotiations with Taliban through Pakistan Requires an Honest Neighbour

By Halimullah Kousary

The assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani on 20 September 2011, former president of Afghanistan during the Mujahideen regime in 1990s and chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) urged the Afghan government to recognize Taliban not as an independent force and thus discontinue its efforts to negotiate with them directly.  The Afghan government decided to engage Pakistan and through its help push the Taliban to come to the negotiation table.  Engaging Pakistan in the Afghan negotiations is pivotal but is also coupled with misgivings as to whether Pakistan would act honestly. On 11 October 2011, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister stated in a press conference in Kabul that issues related to the Afghan negotiations were discussed with Pakistan in the past but, he added, that the Pakistani authorities are not “honest in what they say

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