Ceasefire; only way to prevent casualties, achieve durable peace

Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has taken many initiatives to provide an opportunity to the Taliban insurgents to join to the peace negotiation table and stop the war in Afghanistan.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had earlier announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban and made the decision based on the Islamic clerics fatwa, aiming to put an end to their violent campaign against the government and civilians. The president’s call for ceasefire was to prevent civilian casualties as well as to provide a safe and sound environment for the war-suffered people.
In his recent tweet, the US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has held find rounds of talks with the Taliban on Afghan peace, says that agreeing on a ceasefire is the “quickest” way to prevent casualties and that he will continue to push Taliban senior representative to allow their representatives to come to the table of negotiations to discuss this matter. 
“The quickest way to prevent casualties is to agree to a ceasefire. Taliban senior leadership should allow their representatives to come to the table and discuss. I will continue to press the case,” Khalilzad said in a tweet on Monday. 
Khalilzad said that the reason that the US entered the peace talks was that “more war is not the answer”, proposing ways to reduce violence. “By refusing to work with us to end the killing, the Talibs are prolonging it. Let Afghan people judge whether Talib statements encouraging more violence is way forward.”
Khalilzad said the Afghan people deserve and want a comprehensive ceasefire and negotiations leading to a lasting peace. “The US stands with them,” he says.  The US envoy said that the United States did not impose the war which he says has gripped Afghanistan for decades and has claimed tens of thousands of “innocent lives”. 
What people and the National Unity Government expect from the Taliban insurgent is that to lay down their guns and join the peace process. But the Taliban insurgents have proven that they neither care about the Afghan government and people’s calls and nor to the international ones. Ongoing intensified peace process is one of the latest in a string of failed attempts to wind down a war that has killed thousands of the civilians and have left several thousand injured.
Decades of war and conflict has made the people suspicious about any positive impacts or outcomes of peace in the country. There have been numerous failed attempts during the four last decades to bring the insurgents groups to the negotiations table, but they have always failed to come to a lasting peace in the country.
Therefore, national and international consensus a must for reaching durable peace in the country. Regional countries should put further pressures on Taliban to announce ceasefire and join the democratic and political processes. Some of these countries that extending open and secret supports to Taliban and other terrorists should know that these terror groups would turn to be a big threat for their national security one day and avoiding their destructive activities would be a difficult task. Regional cooperation for peace and stability should be a top priority, rather than negative competitions that would lead the whole region to war and bloodsheds.

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