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Ex-Pakistan Spy Chief Urges Talks With Mullah Omar

March 17, 2010

(CNN) — Talking to the Taliban leader in Afghanistan may help bring peace to the country, according to a former Pakistan spy chief once referred to as the “father of the Taliban.”

Retired Gen. Hamid Gul, a former head of the ISI spy agency, worked with the CIA through the 1980s to fund and train the Afghan Jihad against the Soviets.

Many of the Mujahedeen went on to govern Afghanistan as the Taliban, who are led by Mullah Omar.

“The best situation would be to talk to Mullah Omar,” Gul said. “But then, put up your own conditions where I would say it is legitimate … I think they will accept. I know their psychology.”

Face-to-face talks would work best, Gul added.

“You have to engage him. You have to talk to him,” Gul said. “There is no one else, for heaven sake, why beat around the bush?”

Last year, Gul said Omar was the only person who can improve U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

“Mullah Omar, nobody else,” Gul said.

He insisted that President Barack Obama’s administration can access Omar through the Pakistan military. But the Pakistani Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied that the Pakistani military is in contact with Omar and that it can bring him and other commanders to the negotiating table.

In his latest interview, Gul decried the terrorist label on the Taliban, saying former President George W. Bush was wrong to call them that.

“This is wrong, by any definition,” he said. “No shred of evidence is available that they were involved in any terrorist activity.”

Last year, Gul said a stated Taliban condition to any discussions — the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan first — was not a fixed demand.

With concessions from Washington, it could be softened and make way for negotiations to begin, he said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he will pursue talks with the Taliban as part of a reconciliation and reintegration plan.

Karzai has said he plans to buy off low-level Taliban foot soldiers with cash and make peace with some Taliban leaders by offering them government positions.

While Washington supports the plan, it rejects a dialogue involving Omar.

The Taliban has said Omar is not interested in a peace deal.

CNN International

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16 comments

  1. Washington does not want to talk to Mullah Omar because they know the he follows the truth. May Allah help the Taliban in Islamic Emerite of Afghanistan.


  2. same old sh!T


    • Hamid gul coming out with the same Deobandi Crap

      them man from mehran gate, the man who used public money to destablize civilian goverment

      Military rule in pakistan did not end with Zias Death, it just took another form


  3. ha..
    Same old shit????

    Before COMMENTING SUCH Statements give the reason too
    Please explain that why its a shit for you?


  4. Allahu Akbar…Taliban we are with you. Taliban are our brothers who are trying to free their lands from the zionest acopation. Naray Takbeer Allahu Akbar. Time is near when Muslims will join them to free Afhganistan.


  5. 101% agreed with Ali Raza


    • i agree with hamid gul he talks a lot of sense
      nujat pakistani pakhtun


      • Hamid Gul knows what he is talking about. Ask the Russians they know when he talks you better listen to what he is saying or else.


  6. all wars end on the table finally america has to do the same why it is not today. if america is interested in peace then this is the only option other wise let the time decide.


  7. this is the only way out……..IF YOU DONT TALK TO MULA OMER, you cant help afganistan……


  8. Well i believe this is a great idea to talk to talibans if the world wants peace in the region,They are much better then the Americans who invaded a soverign country and killed millions in the name of war against terrorism.
    9/11 was carried out by Americans and was blamed on Afg and Iraq,Where is International Human Rights Commission??????????????? who report what suits them and where is UNO ???????
    If the west does not give it a thought this time then many countries will suffer ,world has to rise against Americans and their Agendas.
    As far as i know being around in Afghanistan for some time and talked to afghans .this is the best solution talking to Mullah Omer .


  9. I WONDER BECAUSE OTHERS TOO SHALL WHEN THEY SEE EVIL POWERS EVENTUALLY CRAVING FOR THE SAME BUT THEY WOULD HAVE LOST THE OPPORTUNITY AND WOULD BE FINDING DESPERATELY WAY OUT OF AFGHANISTAN


  10. AFGHANS SHALL TURN USA INTO A COMMUNIST COUNTRY


  11. AND THAT IS TOO EASY TO HAPPEN


  12. LIKE BUSH OBAMA WOULD NOT BELIEVE IN THAT


  13. First thing is to know is that, Do American really want peace in Afganistan? Answer is no. Because their invation to Afganistan was not only to clear from talibans, but on the other hand Talibans were establishing İslamic social, economic and social justic system in the country. Which is the only threat to the zoinest jews social and economic system (Capitalisam and commuinisum) Taliban were establishing a pur khilafat model. İn the same time to destablising Pakistan and to take-over its nuclear technology. Which is threat to both israel and india. İf we go back to the history, Pakistan and israel were came ın being almost at the same time. The both nations are based on idealogy, jews idealogy is based on jungle law on the other hand Pakistan was came ın being with idealogy of islam mean social justice and peace. And from the very first prıminster of isreal they have the determination to finsh Pakistan at any cost.

    As we know that Jew in amrica are heavily infuenced on the their Policies. If we say that İsreal make their policies is fair enough. For that they have reservation from pakistan as well as China with American economic point of view. Because china has 36% of total dollars of the world in reserve. They want to come and to control chına as wel as centeral asian states.
    If we conclude we can say If any body is sincer in peace in Afgan, Amercian and Nato forces must leave the country and let the Muslim world to sort this mess which they have made for no reason.

    Allah ap ka hami o nasir ho.



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