‘Our destiny & national interests are linked’
contacts with the Jihadis and had grown into “a powerful tool of resistance.” Therefore it had to be cut-down to size, before it could pose threat to American interests.
With these objectives in mind, power sharing was denied to the Mujahideen, after the Soviet withdrawal and a civil war was induced, to weaken the Afghan resistance, but the efforts failed, because the American invasion of 2001, united the Afghan resistance, which defeated the American and NATO forces, now reduced to a force level of 12000 troops, trying to deny power sharing to the Taliban, whereas, Taliban stand united against American machinations and are engaged in a grim battle for victory which cannot be denied to them.
With the help of the Pakistan government, the ISI was purged, “denying them contacts with global Jihadis and the expertise of eight years long war of resistance was lost.” Therefore, ISI was of little help to the Americans and the allies, in their 2001-2016 war against the Afghan resistance. Now, the peace talks have failed and the war of resistance is growing in intensity, promising victory to the Taliban, the arbiters of their destiny. The dominant power in Afghanistan, therefore, is Taliban — “the irresistible powerbase of resistance” which will triumph over tyranny to establish the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
This power base exerts a gravitational pull over the neighbouring countries. Russia, China, Iran and the Central Asian countries, who are developing close relationship with Taliban, who form the core of the resistance that will determine the future regional geo-political security parameters. Pakistan is still in a “coalition mode” with America, and our policy in this regard is in a state of limbo. However, to our good luck the Providence has offered the opportunity to Pakistan, by the Americans, who themselves “have down-graded the coalition relationship with Pakistan” and are promoting India, ready and willing to play “the game of deceit, and denial” against the Taliban.
This is the defining moment for Pakistan to take a bold decision. The logic is simple, with options available as new opportunities are emerging. Pakistan has to discretely disengage itself from border commitments and get engaged with the process of change taking place in the region: Consolidate the gains of Zarb-i-Azb; seal the borders effectively and deploy resources to effectively retaliate with punishing blows against Afghan forces incursions into Pakistan. ·Assists the government for the rehabilitation of the IDPs and settlement of the civil order, on priority.
Hand over the border security duties to tribals and civil armed forces.
The American decision to extend the military support to the Afghan government with over 12000 troops is selfdefeating, as it amounts to reinforcing defeat suffered at the hands of the Taliban during the past decade, despite enjoying the support of 150000 American and NATO troops. The outcome is writ large in favour of the Taliban enjoying a stronger will and commitment to the cause — freedom of the motherland. With serenity of judgment, Pakistan has to play its hand discretely as the destiny unfolds the power of the gravitational force of the Afghan resistance, uniting the neighbouring countries into a coalition of the willing, determining a new regional security order against the global power brokers involved in Afghanistan.
PS: Few days back Afghan forces instigated by some agents, attacked Pakistan across Torkham border. Pakistan army retaliated, punishing the perpetrators of the crime, and shattered the conspiracy of opening a second front for Pakistan, so that none could dare take Pakistan army lightly. — The writer is former Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan.
With serenity of judgment, Pakistan has to play its hand discretely as the destiny unfolds the power of the gravitational force of the Afghan resistance, uniting the neighbouring countries into a coalition of the willing, determining a new regional security order against the global power brokers involved in Afghanistan.