ISLAMABAD: An Afghan parliamentarian, Huma Sultani, has said that the Bonn Conference would be useless without Pakistan’s participation.
In an exclusive interview with Online on phone from Kabul, the member of the Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the parliament from Ghazni said that the Bonn Conference will fail to produce any result for peace and stability in Afghanistan as the parties to the conflict, Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami, have rejected it.
“Now when Pakistan, an important stakeholder of peace in the region, is also boycotting the US-backed conference, its failure is inevitable,” she added. Huma Sultani said that as a matter of fact, the international community was not serious in restoring peace in Afghanistan and the conference was only called in to forward agenda of the US in the region. “Europe is passing through an economic recession and they could not donate much to Afghanistan as they can hardly bear expenses of their own soldiers,” she further said while commenting on post 2014 support by the EU to Afghanistan.
The parliamentarian claimed that only she was in contact with Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Omar, who, she said, was ready for peace talks. “But the Karzai administration and his foreigner supporters are not serious in holding peace talks.”
“None of the Pakistani officials, including the prime minister and the military leadership, have access to Mullah Omar for the last one year and I again say that only I have contact with him. Even top leader of Haqqani network cannot meet him, though they may have some telephonic contacts,” she claimed. Sultani suggested a government of the neutral, sincere and patriotic people in Afghanistan. ìThis suggestion is even acceptable to Mullah Omar.,î the parliamentarian said.
The Wolesi Jirga member said she was making efforts for peace in Afghanistan by being a mediator between President Karzai and Mullah Omar but it seemed useless as Karzai was not serious in peace talks.
She said the Afghanistan government has banned free media in the country and her voice was not being given due coverage.