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