‘India Has To Be At The Peace Table And Play A Role’


As the U.S. and the Taliban get set to have their seventh round of direct talks in Doha, Qatar; Afghanistan’s Ex-Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin speaks to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi on his assessment of the progress of the talks, how Pakistan is ostensibly facilitating the meetings, why India should be at the table and how the Ashraf Ghani government has failed to deliver. He also speaks about meeting one of the Taliban’s founders, the current head of negotiations, Mullah Baradar.
Ludin, who is currently a senior advisor to ex-NSA Haneef Atmar’s Presidential campaign, also elaborates on why Atmar has a good chance at beating President Ashraf Ghani, if the elections that have been postponed twice are held as scheduled on September 28. On a more personal note, the former Afghan deputy foreign minister concludes by talking about his family’s strong connections with India.


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