Britain's top general discreet efforts for peace in Afghan
Britain's top general, Sir Nick Carter, is trying to ease the crisis in Afghanistan following the Taliban sweep across many rural areas of the war prone country by using his personal connections with Afghan and Pakistan leaders behind the scenes. A delegation arrived in Doha to try to restart the virtual negotiations between Pak and Afghan, amid allegations by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that Pakistan is supporting Taliban attackers.
He attacked the Pakistan government for failing to prevent foreign terrorists sneaking into Afghanistan and not doing enough to pressure the Taliban to join peace talks. But Pakistan condemned the charges and said it is committed to peace in Afghan and shall continue to endeavour towards this end irrespective of the detractors.
Meanwhile, a peace effort meeting scheduled from the 17th of this month was postponed as Pakistan said in a statement that the Afghan Peace Conference has been postponed until after Eid Al-Adha.
The Pakistani Government denies formal ties to the insurgency but militants operated out of its border areas for years. It is well known through reports that Pakistan was one of very few countries and has long been reported to have very close links to the militants. It is evident that Pakistan's denial and postponement of the peace meeting due to the charges levelled by Afghan.
So far the war-like situation in Afghanistan seems to be caused by the activities of Taliban militants. Some diplomatic offices like India shut down and officials withdrew from there. Two days ago a Reuter news agency's photo journalist was killed in a shooting between militants and Afghan forces.
In wake of the developments it is to be watched what would happen with the discreet efforts by Britain's chief of the defence staff Corter.