What was Afghan President, Hamid Karzai thinking when he makes decisions such as this?
Karzai offers government office to Taliban
Especially after this
Taliban unveils hardline Afghan constitution
The 23-page document envisages a country where women would remain veiled and uneducated, "un-Islamic thought" would be banned and human rights would be ignored if "contrary with the teachings of Islam".
But here is the kicker
On freedom of speech the Taliban charter, which is written in Pashto and Dari, is clear: "Every Afghan has the right to express his feelings through his views, writings or through other means in accordance with the law."
However "un-Islamic thought" is strictly forbidden and "violators will be punished according to sharia" - under the Taliban's strict interpretation of Islamic teachings.
Talking to the Taliban with the hope of involving them in government is a serious mistake. They are not interested in peace and reconciliation unless they get everything their way. The Taliban will not accept anything less than for Afghanistan being run under their rules, so talking to them is a waste of time, unless the aim is to return Afghanistan to the 'dark ages'