“While the opening of the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar, has captured headlines across the world, wide-ranging interviews with highly-placed diplomatic, military and foreign office sources reveal that this office is but one of the many elements of a complex process, the ultimate aim of which is for all stakeholders in Afghanistan to share power through an inclusive election process under a possibly modified Afghanistan constitution,” writes Syed Talat Hussain in the June 20, 2013, edition of The Express Tribune of Pakistan. See “Afghan Revelations: Pakistan-U.S. Diplomacy Created Doha Roadmap.”
According to Mr. Hussain, writing from Islamabad, Pakistan, “Months-long painstaking and secret negotiations involving Islamabad and Washington have yielded a detailed roadmap for steering negotiations with the Afghan Taliban which will start to unfold with the release of five Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay and the return of the captured US soldier PFC Bowe Bergdahl, (in photo above) at present in Taliban custody.” See “Afghan revelations: Pakistan-US secret diplomacy created Doha roadmap.”
Mr. Hussain offers a plausible analysis, which I highly recommended to anyone interested in diplomacy and the role of various players in the United States’ impending exist from Afghanistan.