Quest for peace con­tin­ues

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

Pres­i­dent Obama’s or­der for a phased with­drawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan is com­mend­able and comes as pos­i­tive news. How­ever, suc­cess­fully wind­ing down the war will re­quire progress on a wide front, in­clud­ing more help from al­lies and less Afghan cor­rup­tion. As dis­cussed in your ar­ti­cle ‘Quest for Peace Con­tin­ues’, I be­lieve it is time that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity wakes up to the risks that lie ahead for the Afghans and the wider world once the con­trol is handed over to the lo­cal se­cu­rity forces. The Afghan gov­ern­ment needs to take all the stake­hold­ers on board and give a cer­tain di­rec­tion to all the peace ef­forts be­ing ne­go­ti­ated with the Tal­iban. The U.S. and its al­lies must also en­sure that the Tal­iban who come to the ne­go­ti­a­tion ta­ble are able to in­te­grate within the Afghan setup without cre­at­ing havoc and re­vert­ing to their bar­baric rule. Un­for­tu­nately, the stakes are too high here. Dan­ish Shah,

Texas, U.S.

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