Two Afghan officials said the Taliban has captured the provincial capital of Ghazni, making it the tenth area to be seized by the insurgent group in less than a week.
The Afghan government handed mediator Qatar a plan to find a way out of the current crisis in Afghanistan, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday.
Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah made the comments on the second day of international meetings in Doha to discuss the Afghan peace process.
The talks are attended by officials from the Afghan government, members of the Taliban, officials from Qatar, the US, China, Pakistan, the European Union, Uzbekistan and the United Nations.
The meetings in Doha are part of renewed efforts to halt ongoing Taliban violence in Afghanistan and ensure warring factions, as well as the international community, actively engage in urgent peace negotiations.
However, Abdullah said the Taliban has yet to show “seriousness” in the peace talks and accused the insurgent group of not believing in a political solution, as quoted on Al Jazeera.
“The Taliban have maintained relations with terrorists, including al-Qaeda, contrary to their obligations,” he added.
Meetings in Doha entered the third and final day on Thursday, which started with a session attended by Qatar’s Special Envoy for Counterterrorism and Mediation of Conflict Resolution Mutlaq bin Majed Al Qahtani, and the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.
Worsening humanitarian situation
Meanwhile, fearful Afghans have been fleeing their homes as escalations continue between Afghan forces and the Taliban. The violence is expected to exacerbate an already worrying civilian casualty rate.
Two Afghan officials said the Taliban seized the provincial capital of Ghazni, making it the tenth such territory to be captured by the insurgents in almost a week, the Associated Press [AP] reported on Thursday.