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Hanif Atmar Emphasizes on All-inclusive Peace

Hanif Atmar Emphasizes on All-inclusive Peace

KABUL – Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s powerful former national security adviser, in an interview with Al Jazeera, emphasized on all-inclusive peace deal in Afghanistan.
Atmar is set to challenge President Ashraf Ghani for the country’s top post in July’s planned elections.
Often referred to as “the shadow president” during his time as security adviser (2014-2018), Atmar backs an all-inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue to advance peace efforts in a bid to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war.
Atmar began his career in the KGB-linked Afghan security and intelligence agency in the late 1980s.
Under former President Hamid Karzai, he served as minister of rural development, minister of education, and minister of interior. He left the government in 2010 and went on to launch his own political party, the Right and Justice Party.
In 2014, Atmar played a key role in Ghani’s election win. Known as a skillful negotiator, he also brought Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Kabul in 2017, after two decades in hiding, to recognize the Afghan government.
In August last year, Atmar resigned as national security adviser, citing “serious differences” with Ghani, before announcing that he was entering the upcoming presidential race.
Al Jazeera spoke to Atmar about his disagreements with the government, his presidential bid and the ongoing peace talks between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar.
Atmar said in his interview that the best way to eliminate the terrorist outfit from Afghanistan was to make peace between the government and the Taliban.
While stressing a comprehensive peace settlement, he said the presence of foreign troops was the main issue for the Taliban leaders he had talked to.
To move forward on the peace front, Atmar suggested, reconciliation and reintegration processes had to be reviewed.
The ongoing conflict in the country had regional and global dimensions and state and non-state actors, he said. “That is why it is the most distractive and protracted conflict in the history of Afghanistan.”
In his election campaign, Atmar said he would focus on national unity, lasting peace, justice, good governance, economic growth and cooperation with the regional and international community.
(Sahar News)

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