Policy rethinking required?
Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told Reuters in an interview late on Thursday that the Taliban “need to realise they would have more to gain on the table than they can do on the battlefield”. Well that seems what is exactly impossible and Pakistani foreign policy gurus should finally recognise that. How can the Afghan army achieve what the united forces of NATO and US were unable to achieve during their 13-year war against the Taliban? Even with all the “training”, sophisticated military supplies and the air support that the foreigners are giving the ANA and police, there remains the main obstacle – the missing ideological dedication of the Ghani government asking Afghans to fight against their brethren the main ideas of whom they share. During the past days and weeks – actually months and years- many incidents of scores of soldiers and police men have left their units in troves taking away the weapons and other military equipment to join the Taliban. Multiple insider attacks on officers, soldiers and policemen have been reported and probably more have remained unreported. Never since the Taliban government had been toppled in 2001 they controlled as much territory as they do now and the fight is going on successfully. If the recently signed peace agreement by President Ghani with the Hizb-e Islami is any guideline taken by our foreign office gurus, then please understand this is no peace agreement that would be suggesting to the Taliban that they can gain more at the negotiation table than in the battlefield. Their main demand of foreign troops leaving Afghanistan has been abandoned in the document and why would they want that? Peace in Afghanistan can be achieved only on Afghan terms, not on US terms. And the sitting Afghan government is a stooge government representing American interests rather than Afghan. As long as this fact is denied no peace is likely to come. Best option for Pakistan is to avoid this elephant’s dual. — Karachi