Reintegration! Reconciliation! This will amount to more Sharia. “Pakistan reaching out to ‘all levels’ of Afghan Taliban,” from Dawn, January 23 :
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is reaching out to “all levels” of the Afghan Taliban in a bid to encourage reconciliation with its war-torn neighbour, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.
“We are trying to reach out to them at all levels and all of us would like that our efforts should bring some results but at this point in time it is very difficult to say,” ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said of Pakistan’s efforts.
The Afghan government is preparing a reintegration plan with the Taliban that targets lower to mid-level Taliban fighters but has not focused on more senior leaders of the insurgency.
Basit said it was important that there be reconciliation at all levels and that Pakistan was helping in this regard. He declined to give any details.
“Whether or not our efforts will yield results, we will see,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“We don’t want to discuss the specifics. There are efforts being made and we are trying to win over those Taliban or forces who are ‘reconcilables’. Let’s see,” he added.
Asked specifically whether Pakistan was targeting top-level leaders, he said: “We are trying at all levels but where we succeed is another matter.”…