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and resolve of entire nation as well as through the unprecedented accomplishments of Intelligence agencies of Pakistan. Nowhere else in the world, have such prominent achievements been scored in rooting out terrorism.
The QCG process, based on the dominant support role of Pakistan, was formed to pursue peace in Afghanistan through dialogue. Pakistan successfully hosted the first round of the process in Murree. However, the detractors of Pakistan could not digest the central role of Pakistan and moved expeditiously to damage the future prospects through the announcement of death of Mullah Omar in July 2015. This not only put an impediment in the path to negotiations for peace but pitched the Taliban in a power struggle. Through Pakistan’s concerted efforts, the Taliban decided to rally around Mullah Akhtar Mansur. Just when the Taliban were poised to enter into negotiations, Mullah Akhtar Mansur was eliminated through a drone strike on May 22, 2016. His killing has further damaged the prospects of peace. A successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansur has been named, but he is a compromise candidate lacks the capacity to herd the Taliban chieftains to the negotiations table in the near future.
Protagonists with vested interests have often tried to create a perception that Pakistan actually controls the Taliban. As if they are puppets on a string, which Pakistan moves? Such an impression breeds unrealistic expectations from Pakistan. All concerned parties need to understand the ground realities and pursue only the agreed upon peaceful options leading to solution of the problem rather than finding new avenues.
Afghan security apparatus is infested with widespread corruption, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org lack of coordination, ethnic fragmentation, ghost employees and increasing desertion. Most importantly, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) seems to lack the key elements of will and resolve to match the Taliban. Successes of Taliban in Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces and mounting causalities of ANSF indicate the level of resistance offered and the state of their morale. The situation has led to mass desertions to join the Taliban along with their Government Issue weapons and sometimes killing their own brothers in the ANSF.
All over the world, the intelligence agencies work for making their country secure, however, the case of the Afghan Intelligence Agency, the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) is bizarre. This foreign funded, Indian Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) backed and dominated agency is focused on inflicting harm to Pakistan instead of securing their own country. Indians have enhanced their influence on the Afghan government and turned them against Pakistan through negative propaganda.
With the recent capture of six NDS supported terrorists in Balochistan, the number of NDS supported terrorists arrested and killed by Pakistani Intelligence agencies has crossed over 126. The agents were arrested from Peshawar, Swat, Gilgit Baltistan, South Waziristan, Attock, Turnol, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Chaman, Quetta and other bordering areas of the Durand Line.
NDS is also supporting the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership, hiding in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. Reportedly Mullah Fazlullah led TTP is being prepared to carry out a fresh wave of terror activities inside Pakistan. The Occident blames Pakistan for harbouring the Haqqani Group, while remaining oblivious of the TTP leaders, who have found a safe haven in Afghanistan and strike targets of opportunity inside Pakistan with impunity.
Pakistan’s defenders are extremely alert to foil any attempt to destabilize Pakistan; however Pakistan faces the problem of the presence of over three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, mostly illegal. It has been reported by the law enforcing agencies that besides being engaged in activities of moral turpitude and drug peddling, the Afghan refugees have been found to be abetting and harbouring terrorist acts in Pakistan. Such acts make them undesirable and despite warnings, they continue to provide safe haven to the miscreants. It is high time they went back home despite the reassurances of the loquacious Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad.
The long and porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is frequently used by human and drug traffickers, criminals and miscreants or terrorists. The easy access through unguarded porous border provides opportunity to miscreants to wreak havoc inside Pakistan and possibly in Afghanistan as well. The pleas by Pakistan to seal the borders have fallen on deaf Afghan ears. For effective counter terrorism measures strong border control management is vital at Pak-Afghan border. Pakistan’s desire to fence the border is reflective of Pakistan’s willingness to stand by the commitment for peace and not to allow its territory to be used for terrorism in Afghanistan. Yet it is Pakistan, which is being bad mouthed and continues to suffer while its Afghan detractors join the crescendo in criticizing Pakistan. —The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.