Sunday, 10 October 2010

A key warlord to lead peace council

By Hanan Habibzai

Powerful warlord, Burhanuddin Rabbani, was appointed on Sunday to lead a delegation tasked with starting peace talks with Taliban.
A cleric like many of the Taliban, but an ethnic Tajik like many of their opponents.
He and his party has no interest to the returning of Taliban, he fought against the Taliban and  there would be little trust on so called reconciliation efforts under him.
He was once the leader of a rebel party during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, and served as president in the 1990s when mujahideen factions waged a war for control of power and killed tens of thousands of civilians in capital Kabul and other part of Afghanistan. His gorilla regime ended with the Taliban's rise to power in the 1996.
Rabbani subsequently became the political leader of the alliance of Afghan factions, with the help of the foreign countries and United States, overthrew the largely Pashtun Taliban in 2001. After the fall of Taliban regime, the key foes in Northern Alliance under Rabbani accused by international human rights groups being violent against humanity and massacred thousands.  
''The Taliban has no trust on any of those warlords who are belonging to Northern Alliance and fought under American-led coalition force against them .'' Said Jan Mohammad ,a Kabul residence. 

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