To­gether, We Can

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

South Asia’s cover story last month was a good ef­fort and took a very well­bal­anced ap­proach to high­light­ing the di­verse eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial ties that the United States has en­joyed with South Asia over the years. The ar­ti­cles on Af-Pak strat­egy and Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy pre­sented some hard facts that can­not be ig­nored. While Amer­ica and its al­lies have de­cided to wrap up the war in Afghanistan with a phased with­drawal of their troops from the coun­try, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should not over­look the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan and its reper­cus­sions for Pak­istan. We need to re­al­ize and ac­cept that this war on ter­ror does not end with Osama bin Laden’s death. The Tal­iban may have been hi­ber­nat­ing but do not seem to be back­ing off any­time soon. Be­fore mak­ing any peace deals with them, our lead­ers need to make sure that the safety of the Afghans re­mains in­tact and that the Tal­iban do not mis­use their power. Also, Amer­ica needs to re­al­ize that de­spite the fact that Afghanistan has a piv­otal sta­tus in its South Asian strat­egy, no sub­stan­tial progress can be made on this war on ter­ror without Pak­istan’s sup­port. As pointed out by your writ­ers, a durable peace in Afghanistan is only pos­si­ble when all ma­jor South Asian play­ers, in­clud­ing In­dia, are taken into con­fi­dence on the ques­tion of Afghan re­con­struc­tion.

Obaidul­lah Ni­azi, Peshawar, Pak­istan

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