A Turn­around

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ahmed Gul Kabul, Afghanistan

It is re­fresh­ing to see that Afghanistan fi­nally has a pres­i­dent com­mit­ted to en­forc­ing peace in the re­gion and rid­ding the coun­try of the men­ace of Tal­iban. The way Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani is go­ing back and forth be­tween peace talks with the Pak­istani gov­ern­ment and the Tal­iban regime shows his sin­cere ef­fort to­wards es­tab­lish­ing peace and har­mony for his peo­ple in a land rid­den with end­less vi­o­lence.

Though the au­thor of the ar­ti­cle, ‘New Over­tures’, has ex­pressed con­cern over the Pres­i­dent’s strat­egy of putting ‘all eggs in one bas­ket’, I be­lieve he is ex­haust­ing ev­ery av­enue that he has to en­sure an end to vi­o­lence in his coun­try. In or­der to strengthen its po­si­tion on the diplo­matic front, Ashraf Ghani has sought the as­sis­tance of its clos­est and old­est ally, Pak­istan. He is try­ing to reach a peace­ful so­lu­tion that is vi­able to both par­ties through ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Tal­iban. If this isn’t a well thought out strat­egy to­wards com­bat­ing ag­gres­sion and an­tag­o­nism in the re­gion, then I don’t know what is.

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