One concern at the time of the emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan was that it may replace the Taliban because they no longer serve the goals the global powers are pursuing to achieve in Afghanistan; therefore, the white flag needed to be replaced with the black flag of Islamic State terrorist group to unleash more violence. Under such circumstances, peace between the government and the Taliban cannot take Afghanistan to a lasting stability, because Daesh will remain a factor for war in Afghanistan for a long time. In this case, Pakistan currently known as the supporter of militants fighting in Afghanistan won’t take the blame for the activities of Daesh, and Afghan people also won’t show willingness to call for peace talks with the group as it is considered a foreign phenomenon and terrorist outfit, with which peace is impossible. The developments over the past two years indicate exactly the same thing. Even if the Taliban are weakened, it has rather paved the way for Daesh, than the Afghan government, to gain strength. The Taliban have repeatedly claimed their fighters were bombed by American troops while fighting Daesh terrorists. Afghanistan cannot achieve peace by weakening the Taliban to allow Daesh to expand. If the Taliban are weakened as the Hekmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami group, and Daesh continues to gain momentum as now, peace with the Taliban will be symbolic and useless as much as it was with Hekmatyar.
The government should no longer deceive the people by making deceptive statements about the elimination of Daesh. Opposite to what President Ghani has claimed, Daesh is neither on the run nor has been suppressed; it has rather launched more attacks in Kabul than the Taliban have done in recent months. By hook or by crook, the government and people should join hands to prevent Daesh from becoming a long-term threat for destabilizing Afghanistan.