Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020

The Balkh representative in the Afghan parliament blamed Zalmay Khalilzad's meetings with the Taliban for escalating the war and insecurity in the country.

Iran PressAsia: Fawzia Hamidi said on Friday that the US special envoy for Afghanistan's meetings with the Taliban had not only failed in his mission but is the main cause of the country's attacks and insecurity.

The Afghan parliamentarian referred to the release of Taliban prisoners from Afghan prisons, adding that the prisoners, each of whom is accused of killing Afghans, will be released today with respect and will start to kill again.

The killings and murder continue to be a matter of concern throughout Afghanistan, and if real peace does not prevail, people will not be able to live in peace," she said.

The Feb. 29 US-Taliban deal called for a phased US troop withdrawal and for the government and Taliban to release some prisoners by March 10, when peace talks were to start.

Intra-Afghan peace talks have yet to occur and there is some bitterness within the Afghan government, which was not a party to the Feb. 29 deal, that the United States undercut their leverage by negotiating directly with the Taliban.

The US President Donald Trump's stalled plans to bring peace to Afghanistan have suffered a setback with a resumed offensive following attacks that killed scores of Afghans.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of fighting terrorism and maintaining security, but since then, insecurity, terrorism, and drug production have grown significantly in Afghanistan.


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