Afghan Quagmire

Afghan Quagmire US Taliban deal

Afghanistan, a graveyard of the empires, is all set to avail the historic opportunity yet again. Recently, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a televised address signaled Reduction in Violence (RIV) which began from Friday for a week. The negotiations started during 2018 faced an abrupt setback when Taliban attack killed an American soldier. The revival of the talks proved that the major stakeholders are eager to look forward for the productive outcomes. As the regional geostrategic environment has witnessed increased hostilities due to conflict of interests among major regional and global powers, will the renewed process be respected by all stakeholders? Is it the truce of beginning of Elbe handshake like situation?

The marathon talks initiated by the Special Representative for Afghan peace process, Zalmay Khalilzad have brought a relative advantage for concerning actors. Now that the Taliban and US-led forces have agreed to achieve sustainable peace, all the stakeholders are unfolding their strategies through diplomatic ventures. Previously, Afghan govt. reservations about the deal left a power vacuum which didn’t favor a positive outcome is off the table now. It means the format is unlikely of previous ones. The two camp struggle in Afghanistan cannot bring durable peace.It required a universal approach for favorable adjustments and stability in the region. There must be mutual concessions and compromise to entertain the peace process. The regional and global actors in Afghanistan are in the middle of a surge in violence as the deal is getting close on February 29.

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The contemporary regional security paradox vulnerability is surging with pace. The ongoing power struggle has diverse implications for regional security. Afghan political analyst, Haroun Mir considered the development vital and challenging for the Intra-Afghan talks.

Reaching a compromise will take a long time, and blessings of all major stakeholders in the country, as well as regional powers and Afghanistan’s neighbors

Haroun Mir, Afghan Political Analyst

Pakistan welcomes the ongoing development between US and Taliban as an objective test for the future considerations.

We hope the Afghan parties would now seize this historic opportunity and work for comprehensive and inclusive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan

Being frontline state for counter terrorism operations in the region, Pakistan has suffered the most after the invasion of Afghanistan. Over the period of time, Pakistan advocated political solution for Afghanistan. Despite the fact that extremist factions were getting leverage, the colliding interests of major global powers devastated the social, political and economic fabrics of the Afghan society. Eventually, globalization ushered an era of opportunities along with challenges like One Belt One Road Initiative and ISIS foot soldiers respectively. The epicenter of the opportunities is going to be Pakistan with resilient emerging economies with it. To deal with challenges, Pakistan is equipped with best material and non-material resources concerning the security dynamics of the region. Unfortunately, the state of affairs look like today’s friend will become the enemy of tomorrow. Considering the realistic point of view, Pakistan fought for the survival and excelled with pace.

It is suggested that US led peace process must be incorporated as in line with international law. The integrity of people of Afghanistan and Pakistani has faded due to procrastinated process. Its restoration lies in the very spirit of the peace deal. Handshake with one hand and giving a slap with the other by any concerned actor will only dig another grave in soul of Afghanistan.

About the Author: Sheikh Moazzam Khan is a freelance journalist from Pakistan and has written numerous articles at domestic and International forums including Nawa-e-Waqt, Express News, Sydney News, Geopolitica and Concept TV News. Sheikh has expertise on South Asian Regional Politics, Defence and Strategic Studies. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are authors own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The Reader’s Review.

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