Afghan Peace Council Member Kidnapped By Taliban

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Taliban have kidnapped a member of Afghanistan’s peace council during a bid to promote talk in the volatile east, underscoring the difficulty negotiators face in wining support for nascent negotiations from the Taliban front line, Mavlawi Shafihullah, a low level member of the High Peace Council set up President Hamid Karzai to liaise with insurgent, disappeared on Friday in the Asmar district of the eastern province of Kunar, authorities said on Sunday.
Shafih, a former education department head in neighboring Nuristan province, had travelled from Kabul to meet insurgents and encourage them to join the peace process after Taliban leaders proposed opening a representative office in Qatar.
As soon as he left his car, Taliban captured him, said Shahzada Shahid, another member of the 70 member council who had travelled to the Kunar capital of Asadabad in an effort to free Shafih with support from community elders.

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