The mistake of trusting Pakistan

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 02:56 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 57 times

Pakistan is Afghanistan’s most untrusted neighbor. Whilst some other close and distant neighboring countries of Afghanistan also have not treated Afghanistan based on the principles of good neighborhood, Pakistan is on the top of the list as it has been interfering in Afghan affairs in the name of “strategic depth” for about half of a century, and has always remained a sanctuary to anti-Afghan government elements.

 

Despite the black history of Pakistan’s behavior towards Afghanistan, the National Unity Government (NUG) repeated the mistake of trusting Islamabad several times. Soon after taking the office, President Ghani became so close to Pakistan that he even broke diplomatic norms and visited Pakistan’s Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi in addition to signing a clandestine intelligence-sharing deal with Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Based on the covert accord that was later leaked by the media, Kabul and Islamabad have agreed to share intelligence with each other on the militants operating on both sides of the Durand Line. After the leakage, the government faced with serious criticism by some political figures and people. 

 

Recently, the National Unity Government has suspended the intelligence-sharing deal. The Director of Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) has said Afghanistan made the decision after Pakistan failed to move against terrorists wanted by Kabul and whose list had been handed over to Pakistan. Sediq Siddiqi has said both countries have agreed to jointly fight against terrorists, and Afghan government had summited a list of several militant camps from where many major terror attacks were plotted in Afghanistan, but Islamabad has not yet taken any action against them. 

NUG’s policy towards Pakistan was based on naivety other than ground realities. Instead of charting its policy after a rigorous review of Pakistan, and in the light of the nature of the ongoing game, the Afghan government, through making concessions, attempted to reconcile with a country that has a history of hypocrisy. 

Leaders of the National Unity Government should be careful not to be stung from the same pit. They should exercise utmost caution in dealing with Pakistan, and not make any covered deal with it, or else their names will be recorded in the Afghan history as “dealers”.