Afghanistan High Peace Council

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The Afghanistan High Peace Council is a body appointed by Hamid Karzai, in September 2010, to negotiate with elements of the Taliban.[1]

The Council is chaired by Burhanuddin Rabbani. The membership of the peace council included some former members of the Taliban, including: Arsalan Rahmani Daulat, Habibullah Fawzi, Sayeedur Rahman Haqani and Faqir Mohammad.[1]

In September 2011 Haji Deen Muhammed expressed outrage over the killing of Sabar Lal Melma.[2] Sabar had been apprehended and sent to Guantanamo in 2002, based on allegations he helped facilitate Osama bin Laden's escape from Afghanistan. He was repatriated in 2007. But American special forces kept taking him captive. According to Deen Muhammed the Peace Council had secured assurance that Americans would stop harassing Sabar. Nevertheless, Sabar was killed by US special forces, in his home, during a night raid, just two days after the Peace Council received assurances that harassment of him would stop.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 David Ariosto. 14 ex-Taliban members removed from U.N. sanctions, CNN, 2011-07-16. Retrieved on 2011-09-06.
  2. Ray Riviera. Anger After a Raid Kills a Wealthy Afghan With a Murky Past, New York Times, 2011-09-04. Retrieved on 2011-09-04.