They have continued to bomb, kill, and maim, even as they have met with the Afghan government to discuss an end to violence, says Shashi Tharoor.At the recent cricket World Cup in England, a plucky Afghani-stan team, composed mainly of former refugees, was surprisingly good, including in matches against their neighbours, India and Pakistan.Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of two other Afghan teams — the Taliban and the government — that met in Doha, Qatar, earlier this month to agree on a “road map for peace”. The Afghan government officials could not even claim to be what they were, because their interlocutors, a murderous band of fanatics, do not recognise the Afghan government.Instead, the delegation was politely described as a group of representatives from Afghanistan, but without it being said whom they represented.After two days, the participants agreed on eight points, prompting Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, to tweet that the talks had “concluded on a very positive note”. He congratulated the participants “for finding common ground”.Observers in India — Afghanistan’s second-largest aid donor, after the US — could be forgiven for a dose of scepticism. For one thing, the two sides had agreed in… Read full this story
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