Afghan High Peace Council
The Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) is a body of the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program, appointed by Hamid Karzai to negotiate with elements of the Taliban. The HPC was established on 5 September 2010. The current chairman of the council is Ahmed Gailani who was appointed to the post in 2016.
The Council was initially chaired by former President of Afghanistan Burhanuddin Rabbani until his assassination in 2011. 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. Other members of the council include: Pir Sayed Ahmad Gailani, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf.
In September 2011 Haji Deen Muhammed expressed outrage over the killing of Sabar Lal Melma. 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.
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His death has angered members of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, who are responsible for reconciliation efforts with militants. Council members say that just days earlier they had won a promise from coalition forces to stop bothering Mr. Lal after they had detained him last month. NATO officials insist they had not detained him.
- Murdered Afghan talks head Rabbani replaced by son BBC News, 14 April 2012