Afghan’s Peace Process Should Continue ,Pakistan Will Help Great
If the Afghan’s peace process is not stopped, Pakistan will bet on peace in Afghanistan
Imran Khan may be the only hope, but it is worth all the warmth.
In other words, Pakistan cannot do much to influence Taliban behavior.
Afghan’s Peace Process
Because Pakistan is a long-standing ally of the Taliban, it has supported the Afghan peace talks. This is mainly because the negotiations can bring about a path to power with international legitimacy. As the U.S. was about to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, it saw an opportunity to push for the Taliban’s inclusion into power-sharing agreements. Washington acknowledged Islamabad’s involvement in facilitating the U.S.-Taliban deal in February 2020 and subsequent peace talks, also known as intra-Afghan negotiations.
The rapid withdrawal of foreign troops in Afghanistan amid stagnated peace talks and rising insurgent violence threatens Pakistan’s efforts for Taliban return to Kabul via power-sharing agreements that have international backing.
Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, visited the United States for the first time since August 2017. Trump hints at the possibility of resuming assistance to Pakistan and offered a broader and more surprising offer to mediate between India and Pakistan over the ongoing dispute over Kashmir.
Warm handshakes and friendly banter highlighted a significant shift in Trump’s policy toward Pakistan. Trump abruptly announced that military aid to Pakistan would be suspended at the start of 2018. He claimed in a tweet, “they have given them nothing but lies, deceit, and treating our leaders as fools.” That was, however, before Khan’s victory. Trump’s latest turnaround has been swiftly translated into action. The U.S. State Department approved a US$125million support program for Pakistan’s F-16 fighter planes.
Contrary to what some quarters claim, Pakistan’s top diplomat in Kabul stated that Islamabad is committed to a political settlement in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Mansoor Ahmed Khan stated that Afghanistan requires a comprehensive political settlement to ensure stability and peace after decades of conflict.
Ambassador Khan reiterated Islamabad’s position and stated that Pakistan has always maintained no military solution. A negotiated solution must be reached that is accepted by all Afghans.
The U.S. and other western nations struggled to exit Afghanistan on Tuesday. However, Pakistan continued to rescue Afghans as well as other nationals. Khan, one of four current ambassadors stationed in Kabul, said Islamabad has consistently met the Afghan challenge. This, he added, is what defines the special relationship between these two countries.
“Afghanistan is connected to Pakistan in many ways. They share the longest border. During the interview, the diplomat stated that they have the same religions on both sides of their border. They also share the same culture and language in many areas. Our people are very similar.”
Analysts in the U.S. and other countries have been quick to point fingers at Pakistan since the collapse of the Western-backed Ashraf Gilani government in Kabul more than two weeks ago. In a recent op-ed piece, John Bolton (a Bush administration neoconservative) pointed his guns at Pakistan.
Bolton, also Donald Trump’s national-security adviser, said that Pakistan had always supported the Taliban. The Bush-era war hawk made several slams against Islamabad’s government.
As violence in Afghanistan escalates and the peace process initiated in September 2020 is still largely ineffective, Pakistan has never had a more significant stake in a stable Afghanistan. A crumbling Afghanistan could encourage militant groups in Pakistan, especially the Pakistani Taliban, and threaten another large influx of Afghan refugees. Islamabad has tried to persuade its Afghan Taliban ally to agree to a peacefully negotiated peace. Failure in this endeavor would result in a strain on its relations with Washington and Kabul. As the deadline approaches for the withdrawal of NATO and U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan must redouble its efforts in convincing the Taliban to stop their attacks and reinstitute Islamic governance. This will ensure that the peace process can continue to succeed.
Ambassador Khan, however, rejects any such allegations against Pakistan.
A question regarding Islamabad’s role within Kabul was asked by the diplomat. The diplomat responded in a firm, unambiguous manner that stabilizing Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s best interests and the entire region.
“Peace, stability, and stability for Afghanistan is peace and stability for Pakistan. It is economic growth, economic engagement, and interaction for both the countries,” Khan explained over the phone from Kabul.
According to the diplomat, Pakistan has been suffering from the conflict in Afghanistan for decades. We have suffered the most during the Afghan war. Kabul and Islamabad will both benefit from peace once the dust settles on the other end of the border.
Ambassador Khan stated that Afghanistan is at crossroads. Ambassador Khan said, “We can collectively assist Afghans, bring an ending to the internal conflict through participation, through an inclusive process that leads to the formation of a new system of government, a political system, and which includes participation from all ethnic groups.” He stated that the new government will need to win the trust of Afghans and adhere to all international norms to be recognized more widely.