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PAKISTAN’S ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

IfAfghanistanis a problem there is no other solution to this problem but negotiations with Taliban. Without taking Taliban into confidence, the desire for peace and prosperity inAfghanistanwould always remain an unfulfilled dream. Since very after the American intrusion inAfghanistan,Pakistanhas always been advocating the same solution but unluckily none of theUSauthorities ever tried to pay heed to this logical pleading. Now as the dates of American retreat from the Afghan lands are coming closer, theUShi-ups are showing their inclination towards the solution presented byPakistanin the very beginning. It was somewhere in the mid of last June when Afghan President Hamid Karzai first time officially confirmed a direct contact between the Taliban and theUSauthorities. The Telegraph reports Mr.Karzai’s statement, “Foreign militaries, especially theUnited States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations to find a political settlement to the decade-long war. Peace talks have started with the Taliban and it is going well.” God knows better what would be the out come of these peace talks because the Taliban see Karzai’s government as ‘a powerless puppet regime, backed by an occupying army’. Most of the Taliban leaders rank Karzai as a worthless roll of tissue-paper and they are never willing to give any importance to what Karzai says and what he vows. In the opinion of these leaders things could take a positive change only if America keeps Indian-patronized and American-supported Karzai out of the peace process and the Taliban leaders are directly approached. “Only the White House can determine the presence of foreign forces or permanent American bases, as well as the fate of Taliban prisoners inGuantanamoBay”, says one of the Taliban leaders. Read More »PAKISTAN’S ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN