Afghanistan is marking its 28th anniversary of the former Soviet Union Red Army defeat and finally withdrawal from the country. But alongside, it needs a firm relation with its immediate neighbor, Pakistan to tackle terrorists challenges along the two countries borders.
Islamabad is reportedly making sincere efforts to resolve all its differences with Kabul, as Pakistan’s top diplomat recalled high level contacts between the two neighbors.
This is not only the expectation of the Afghan statesmen, but the people are direly waiting for peace restoration after long years of Russian troops exit from their soil.
Senior Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz speaking on peace talks on Saturday, referred to his country’s brokered peace negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group — the main armed opposition after the newly emerged Daesh militants.
In an unprecedented event, the peace parleys of 2016 have been derailed when the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s death disclosed. But, according to Aziz, Afghan refugees had become a security threat to his country as more than 70,000 people have so far been killed in some areas of Pakistan.
Aziz also argued that Afghan refugees were responsible for ecological damage reaching $150 billion to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where most of Afghans families are settled.
Earlier, a tripartite gathering of Pakistan, China and Russia had met in Moscow to discuss Afghan peace and security, when Russia side became on alert, after Daesh fighters feared to influence into many districts of some Pakistani bordered Afghanistan, that analysts believed have been inspired from their main mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but through their subordinates in the Pakistani soil, where, recently the army chief of staff warned to fight all types of terrorist groups in his soil.
However the Pakistani top advisor to Prime Minister, on foreign affairs believed his country’s relations with both Russia and China have “remarkably improved,” and they can ‘play vital role in bringing about regional changes, but what both Afghanistan and Pakistan can do, no one even the world great power US and NATO could do nothing.
Aziz believed Afghanistan issue has sent both Pakistan and the US to differences, but hoped working groups were making effort ‘to sort out the rows.
Both countries who are the victims of terror, should avoid blaming each other of interfering in their internal affairs and jointly work for rescuing their nations from fundamentalism and extremism. Afghan government accuses Islamabad of supporting Islamic radicals and equipping them inside its soil to disturb security of Afghanistan and other nation in the region, but none of them have still sit around a negotiation table to tackle their problem and reach an agreement in war on terror.
In fact, both nations with joint culture and traditions needed leadership to negate any types of insurgents [as Pakistan’s army chief pledged to fight against], then there is no need of other countries to broker for peace between the government of Afghanistan and its armed oppositions, either Taliban or Haqqani Network.
In the past more than 25 years, even after the Russian withdrawal from the country, nothing tangible had been seen, even the UN and US representatives appeared in the war-troubled country, with billions of USD to be spent for peace and security, something clearly demonstrate that no other foreign circles could bring peace in Afghanistan rather to both countries’ key peace brokers get to gather and work honestly for a lasting peace in the country.
As the neighboring country’s top official, Sartaj Aziz recently vowed to work for peace in Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan welcome the effort and take a good omen, but not like previous failed ones that did nothing expect increase in bloodshed and destruction in both countries.
[The Kabul Times, published on 13 Feb 2017]