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Won’t Beg for Peace, says President of Afghanistan

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

AFGHANISTAN: President of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that Afghanistan has a specific stance for peace and no deal would be made on its independence and constitution.

While talking to a gathering of local government officials and representatives of the eastern region on Sunday, he said first round of discussions for peace talks is going to be held tomorrow and that the nation would be kept informed on developments.

During his speech in Jalalabad, President Ghani also said that Afghanistan’s constitution has obvious limits and there won’t be any changes to it unless the amendments are in accordance to its principles.

Pointing towards Afghanistan’s representative scheduled to attend the conference in Islamabad, President Ghani said, “We won’t go anywhere to beg for peace.”

The preparatory or quadrilateral would explore ways to create a consensus for talks between the Taliban and government delegations to end the bloodshed.

Afghanistan would be represented by its Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai and Pakistan by its Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

The U.S. and China would be reportedly represented by their special envoys for Afghanistan and Pakistan region.

Reports suggest that Pakistan will present a list of the Taliban at the conference who are willing to join the peace process.

The quadrilateral meeting comes after the visit of Pakistan’s Chief of Army Chief (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to Kabul where he said that Islamabad would join Kabul in action against militant groups not willing to join the peace and reconciliation process.

The agreement to revive stalled peace talks with Taliban was reached during a meeting between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on the sideline of the “Heart of Asia” conference in Islamabad.

For bringing Afghan militant groups to the negotiation table, Islamabad wants Kabul to act against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Mullah Fazlullah who is responsible for some deadly attacks in Pakistan. Civil society

Islamabad claims that Mullah Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan. -KP

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