The recent "peace" talks with the Taliban in Pakistan resulted in the Taliban thugs getting their wish of sharia law being enforced in Swat Valley. Now is appears that Afghanistan will follow the lead of Pakistan as top Muslim clerics in Afghanistan are calling for "peace" talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government to me mediated by the hate preaching Saudis. If theses talks take place look for the Taliban in Afghanistan to call for governing their own land.
Top Muslim clerics in Afghanistan urge Karzai to talk with Taliban
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Associated Press
KABUL – Afghanistan's top Muslim clerics urged President Hamid Karzai on Friday to push ahead with a proposal for talks with the Taliban that would be mediated by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.
Calls for negotiations between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban have been mounting as the militant group has stepped up attacks in recent years despite efforts to defeat it by Afghan and international forces.
In the latest violence, international forces killed 34 militants in two days of clashes in the country's volatile south and east, the U.S. military said Friday.
President Barack Obama has urged the Afghan government to encourage moderate elements of the Taliban to reconcile with the government. Karzai has repeatedly said he is open to talks with top Taliban leaders but has made few apparent moves to start such a process. However, Karzai has previously asked King Abdullah to facilitate contacts with the Taliban.
The leaders of Afghanistan's powerful Muslim clerics' council pressed Karzai in a meeting Friday to push the talks forward, said Faiz Mohammad, a council member from Kunduz province. They proposed a meeting that would include government and Taliban representatives and also former jihad leaders, other prominent Afghans and representatives of neighboring countries, Mohammad said.
Karzai's office issued a statement summarizing the meeting, without saying if it would take any action.
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