Tension in relation between Kabul and Islamabad is neither a solution nor can reduce problems in the region, whose continuation will squander the opportunities available in the joint fight against terrorism and regional consensus. The Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency may have many goals for accusing Afghanistan of aiding terrorists, but one of the major one is to relieve itself from international pressure and to portray itself as a victim of terrorism.
Efforts to improve the Afghan-Pak relations have failed so far, mostly because of Pakistan’s breaking of its commitments. Afghan ambassador in Islamabad repeatedly expressed hope that Pakistan will reopen the crossings, but it did not honor its promises.
Fingers are always pointed to the role of the United States in times of border closure and Pakistan’s pressures on Afghanistan. The US, with which Afghanistan has inked the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), and which has thousands of troops in Afghanistan, remains silent on many occasions instead of resolving the problems through supporting Afghanistan. In the latest instance, America is yet to take a stance, which is criticized by several Afghans. If America does not back Afghanistan in such sensitive conditions in which Afghan territorial integrity is threatened, all its agreements with Afghanistan and the presence of its troop in the country will come under serious question. In addition to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US should also try to deescalate the tension.