Mov­ing Ahead

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your story on the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment (SPA) signed be­tween Pak­istan and Afghanistan was an in­for­ma­tive piece. The agree­ment will help Is­lam­abad and Kabul to put their dif­fer­ences aside and em­bark on a mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial jour­ney. Both coun­tries are a vic­tim to the war on ter­ror as they have been fron­tend al­lies to the United States. In the post-9/11 era, both Pak­istan and Afghanistan have given nu­mer­ous sac­ri­fices and the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment will give them an op­por­tu­nity to move ahead by learn­ing from their past.

In ad­di­tion, the SPA also fa­cil­i­tated the train­ing of Afghan mil­i­tary per­son­nel in Pak­istan, a ma­jor step to­wards re­viv­ing Afghanistan’s se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus ahead of the 2014 withdrawal. The SPA is a ma­jor step for­ward for Pak­istan and Afghanistan to co­ex­ist in peace, which will also in­fuse sta­bil­ity in South Asia. Al­though Pak­istan has re­it­er­ated to bring the Tal­iban to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble, Afghanistan has its doubts over the au­thor­ity that Pak­istan can ex­ert over the ex­trem­ist fac­tion. The fact that the SPA was re­cently dis­cussed be­tween Is­lam­abad and Kabul in the UK in the pres­ence of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameroon shows the mag­ni­tude of this ac­cord.

The SPA will also prove vi­tal when the US troops will leave Afghanistan in 2014. How­ever, the am­bi­gu­ity of a peace­ful tran­si­tion in Afghanistan is a cause of con­cern for Pak­istan and Afghanistan. In such a case, the SPA will bind the two coun­tries to­gether as Pak­istan strives to have a diplo­matic and re­spon­sive Afghanistan in the years to come. Sehrish Ma­lik

Dubai, UAE

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