In an exclusive chat with Online news agency, Afghan Lower House Wolesi Jirga’s member Sultani said that she had signature of approval of Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Omar on the peace proposal, which is a proof of her meeting with him, and the letter was shared with media persons.
She said that Mullah Omar even agreed on continuation of democracy in Afghanistan without demanding power share for Taliban.
“What is wrong with the Afghan government and the international community if Mulla Sahib (Mulla Omar) agreed to respect human rights, women rights, female education and democracy? Neither Mulla Baseer nor I was even contacted to ask what Taliban wanted nor if were we serious in our claim,” Sultani added. But she didn’t stop here.
She continued, “Once again I assure the international community, the Afghan government as well as the parliament and the people that Mulla Omar was ready and serious about peace in the country. This is the second time that I give assurances, this is an opportunity and we should avail ourselves of it.”
Sultani said that if the government continued to ignore her bid for peace, she along with the two others would go head with what she termed ‘Plan B’ i.e. to appeal directly to Afghans for peace.
When she was asked to respond to some government representatives’ demand for proof of the said meeting, the parliamentarian reiterated that she had met the Taliban chief near Kabul. After having some negotiations on June 28 in a house at the outskirt of Afghanistan’s capital, Omar’s lieutenant Mulla Atiqullah wrote the peace proposal and the Taliban chief signed it, “which I still have and already shared with media. What other type of proof they want,” she asked.
She said that a move for negotiation by the Afghan government or the international community would prove or the Afghan Reconciliation Council or High Peace Council would reflect their sincerity in bringing peace to the country.
To a question about the back channel contacts with Taliban by the Afghan government, she said that the Afghan government had not yet contacted Taliban. She claimed that Mulla Tayyab or Mutawakil were no more part of Taliban saying, “This is how Taliban Chief assesses the situation”. It is pertinent to mention that a couple of days ago, Sultani had claimed that she met Mullah Omar near Kabul. She also held a press conference in Kabul in this connection and informed the Afghan press about her meeting. Mulla Baseer in an interview with a Pakistani-based private TV channel had also confirmed her meeting with Mulla Omar.