The main goal of efforts launched under the name of peace by some elements is to undermine the trust of Afghan people in peace and political settlement of the ongoing conflict. Sometimes a shopkeeper from Quetta talks to the government on behalf of the Taliban, or sometimes a businessman from Peshawar poses as Taliban negotiator and representative in peace talks with Afghan government. The repetition of such scenarios leads to the erosion of trust in the Taliban as a main side of the Afghan conflict. It means when leaders of the Taliban, which have at least so far remained as the biggest insurgent group, decide to come to the negotiating table with Afghan government, they also cannot be trusted, and thus there is zero chance of success of any peace parleys when there is lack of trust.
It is the responsibility of both the Afghan government and the Taliban to prevent the peace process from being ridiculed and discredited. The government should unify its stance on peace, and prevent its officials from attending peace meetings that defame and ridicule than help the peace process. Only rejection of participation cannot put an end to the mistrust. The Taliban who are eying a role for themselves in Afghan politics in the future should, by clarifying their stance on peace, counter individuals who pretend to be representing them, but in fact pursue their economic interests than peace.