Paying tribute to Islamabad and gaining concessions for the Taliban
While the United States is the sole power in the world, it seems that Washington’s misguided policies have left an ugly picture of the power and capabilities of this great and powerful country. Zalmai Khalilzad, the US State Department’s special envoy for Afghanistan peace, left for Pakistan after the Intra-Afghan talks opening in Doha, Qatar capital. During the visit, Zalmai Khalilzad met with Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan Army Chief of Staff, and said that the Afghan peace process culminated in Pakistan’s sincere efforts.
During the meeting, Mr. Khalilzad praised Pakistan’s role in the unprecedented effort to start a dialogue between Afghans. The US State Department’s special envoy for peace in Afghanistan has said that peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban would not have started without the “sincere and unconditional” support of Islamabad. Peace talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, popularly known as Intra-Afghan peace talks, began on Saturday in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The start of these talks before the US presidential election in November this year with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is a privilege for the Trump administration. The 21-member Afghan government delegation was accompanied by Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council of Afghanistan, and Hanif Atmar, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs. The group also includes four women representatives and representatives of some ethnic groups. The Afghan peace negotiators have called for a lasting ceasefire, preserving the republican system and an end to the war.
The Taliban negotiating team calls for “achieving lasting peace after establishing an Islamic system with national interests in mind.” The rights of women and ethnic minorities and the disarmament of armed groups are some of the challenges ahead. However, Zalmai Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, arrived in Pakistan on Monday evening, September 14, with a US delegation, accompanied by senior Pakistani military officials, including General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army. He met and talked behind closed doors.
The Pakistani military said that the US envoy and his entourage appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating dialogue between Afghans and said that without Pakistan’s “honest” and “unconditional” mediation, Intra-Afghan talks beginning was impossible. According to the Pakistan army newsletter, the recent praise of the United States shows the dedication of Pakistan for Afghan peace. But once again, US authorities consciously decided to pay the ransom that Islamabad has gained from Washington in the last 20 years. Still, in response to all this ransom, Islamabad has worked harder to pursue Pakistani post-US interests in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has repeatedly stated that it wants a stable Afghanistan. But the two decades history Pakistani dual policies shows; it has once again hit the eyes of Washington and the leadership of the Afghan government. The Taliban’s horrific plans to seize political power and gain military force in the country, which is said to be undergoing significant changes in the structure and leadership of the Afghan National Army, illustrate Pakistan’s cunning plan. The Taliban themselves have come to believe that ideologically and politically, the group is incapable of managing the system and can never lead the country’s most powerful security and defense force.
But this citation and precondition are one of the ISI’s fundamental and covert orders, which has been sent to Taliban negotiators as a roadmap. However, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has fully demonstrated to the world that there are significant differences between small groups such as the Taliban and the legitimate system chosen by the Afghan people. But with all the threats to the Afghan peace process, there are two clear perspectives.
First, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the survival of this system depend on the collective unity of the Afghan people. The overthrow of the regime does not mean a political defeat but endangering the 20-year achievements of this land. After years of sacrificing these achievements again with our own hands to give concessions to the Taliban, the second issue is the return of the Taliban to power. Afghanistan is, according to Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan’s first vice president, the Taliban are a small political group that should be integrated into society, not claim to build an Emirati system.
Finally, the experience gained in the last two decades has shown that the persecution of aliens has led to the domination of the enemies. That is why we must stand together this time and lead Afghanistan from this test to victory.