High Peace Council secretariat chief Akram Khpwalwak resigns

The High Peace Council Secretariat Chief and Special Presidential Adviser on political affairs Mohammad Akram Khpwalwak has resigned from his positions.

In his resignation letter to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Khpwalwak has said he will step down as High Peace Council Secretariat Chief and Special Presidential Adviser on political affairs.

However, Khpalwak said he remains committed to his commitments he has made to the President and would continue supporting the country, nation, and peace efforts.

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Conference on Afghan peace to begin in Saudi Arabia

The international Muslim scholars conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will host the conference in Jeddah and Makkah Cities on July 10 and 11.

Delegations from 57 Islamic countries will take part in the two-day conference to discuss the role of scientists in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and Islam’s position on terrorism and violent extremism.

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) on Monday expressed hope that the conference would help in the launch of direct talks with the Taliban insurgent group.

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HPC: Uzbekistan ready to open political office for Taliban

Uzbekistan has shown readiness to open a political office for the Taliban militant group in its soil, Sayed Ihsan Tahri Spokesman of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) said Wednesday.

He added that the government of Afghanistan is also ready to provide the facility for peace talks to the insurgent group in any country across the world.

On March 26, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev told in “Tashkent Peace Conference on Afghanistan” that his country is ready to host peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

But a member of Afghan parliament believes that the Central Asian countries are trying to open an office for the Taliban insurgents in order to use them as a tool against Daesh militants.

“The [offer] could be an excuse to make a deal with the Taliban and this can be a reaction against the so-called Daesh movement,” MP Sadeqi Nilizada said.

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Pakistan Halting Afghan Peace Process

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC) says Pakistan clearly intervening in Afghan peace talks, and not letting the process to “practically” get started.

Addressing an event on Tuesday in Kabul, the HPC Secretary Mohammad Akram Khpalwak said the intervention of Central Asian countries particularly Pakistan, the presence of terrorist groups and drug trafficking mafia are the “serious” challenges in front of Afghan peace process.

He urged the international community to support the Afghan government by building an international consensus in this regard.

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HPC outlines new strategy for ensuring peace talks with armed oppositions

The High Peace Council (HPC) on Thursday said it has outlined a new strategy as part of the peace and reconciliation efforts with the armed oppositions including the Taliban.

“The environment is ready, and we Afghans should work together to bring peace in Afghanistan,” said Habiba Sarabi, the Deputy Chairperson of the High Peace Council. “We are very glad to have international community as partner to support us.”

Habiba Sarabi made the remarks at an event titled “Voices for Peace in Afghanistan” which was held in Serena Hotel in Kabul.

Sarabi said that last year, HPC has worked hard to finalize a strategy for bringing justice and sustainable peace in the war-torn country.

“Last year, for six months the High Peace Council have worked very hard to finalize the strategy, the vision for this strategy is to bring sustainable and justice peace in Afghanistan so the Afghans could stay in a secure environment,” she said.

According to Sarabi, the strategic objectives in the new policy, include negotiation through contacting with armed people who are engaged in fighting against the government, national consensus which is one of the major and important object for High Peace Council and monitoring on the political agreements – the High Peace Council will monitor all the political agreements between the government and oppositions as they have been doing with Hezb-e-Islami.

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Religious scholars play effective role in war, peace

Afghanistan religious scholars can play an effective role in war and peace in the country, the High Peace Council (HPC) said.

HPC held a 2-day advisory meeting with nearly 700 religious scholars from all across the country to find solutions for reaching a lasting peace.

“Religious scholars’ efforts can bring peace. Their cooperation and coordination have effective impacts for the factions involved in war. They also can provide facilities for peace negotiations,” said Karim Khalili, the chairman of HPC.

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