Ghani on warpath!

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

AT a time when the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity was ex­pect­ing re­sump­tion of di­rect talks be­tween Afghan Govern­ment and Tal­iban to find ways and means for restora­tion of peace in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, its President Ashraf Ghani has ap­par­ently opted for a harsher course that could fur­ther com­pli­cate things there. Speak­ing in Kabul on Mon­day, he stepped back from at­tempts to en­gage Tal­iban in peace talks and vowed that Afghanistan will in­stead ex­e­cute en­e­mies of state and un­der­take prepa­ra­tions for an ex­tended war.

The Afghan President might have his own rea­sons for dis­card­ing the path of peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and pin­ning hopes on use of force in set­tling a prob­lem that is re­fus­ing to sub­side for decades. It is, how­ever, a known re­al­ity that Afghanistan has been pushed back to al­most stone-age by the in­ter­nal con­flicts and for­eign mil­i­tary ag­gres­sions and it badly needs peace and tran­quil­ity. It is un­for­tu­nate that Ashraf Ghani, who was con­sid­ered to be a wise and serene leader, wants to tread the path that the United States fol­lowed for long, but mis­er­ably failed. One fails to un­der­stand how Ghani in­tends to pre­pare for an ex­tended war, given state of the wretched econ­omy, fall­ing morale of his forces and re­source con­straints in train­ing and equip­ping his troops and po­lice force. The Afghan President seems to be dis­ap­pointed due to rapid ad­vances made by Tal­iban dur­ing their spring of­fen­sive and re­fus­ing to join peace talks un­con­di­tion­ally. It is also strange that Ghani has ad­vised Pakistan to bat­tle Tal­iban than try to bring them into peace talks de­spite the fact that Pakistan has launched an all out war against ter­ror­ists and there is no dis­tinc­tion of good or bad Tal­iban in this re­gard. It is also per­ti­nent to point out that Pakistan has re­peat­edly made it clear that it has lim­ited in­flu­ence over Tal­iban and that it would go whole-heart­edly for restora­tion of peace in Afghanistan. We hope that san­ity would pre­vail and in­stead of try­ing to tread the dan­ger­ous path, Ashraf Ghani would re­spond pos­i­tively to all ef­forts aimed at rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

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