RFE/RL, 22 October 2013
Article with extensive quotes of AAN’s Kate Clark:
Kate Clark, a senior analyst at Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent research organization in Kabul, says she is not surprised that Baradar’s release has not immediately resulted in peace talks.
“What you needed was not only his release but some mechanism or political framework for him to fit into or some place for him to work from,” Clark said. “We also don’t know if he wants to make peace. After many years in a Pakistani jail he might actually want to fight.”
Clark says Kabul had unrealistic expectations that Pakistan would release Baradar without keeping close tabs on him. And now there are new complications — both the Taliban and the Afghan government have said he is still being held by Pakistan’s security establishment.
Despite Pakistan’s recent pledge that Baradar is “free to meet and contact anyone to advance the cause of reconciliation,” there are indications that he has simply been placed under house arrest.
Clark says that for any Taliban leader to be effective in a peace process, he would have to be independent of both Islamabad and Kabul.
This article was last updated on 9 Mar 2020