Closing peace doors no solution

Monday, 05 February 2018 03:30 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 190 times

President Ashraf Ghani said peace doors have been closed to militants involved in recent terror attacks in Kabul. Speaking at a High Peace Council (HPC) meeting in Kabul, President Ghani said there has to be a distinction between militant groups who want and who reject peace. Taliban claimed responsibility for the twin deadly bombings in Kabul that killed or wounded tens of people. As the main militant group, Taliban, according to Americans, hold sway over almost half of Afghanistan’s territory. It is right that government controls the country’s big cities as major population centers; still the residents of urban areas will not feel safe unless the government expands its grip into countryside and rural areas, and finds a peaceful solution to the conflict. If President Ghani refuses peace with the Taliban who claimed Kabul attacks, then with whom is he negotiating peace?

 

Peace talks are held between two warring sides. The Taliban are one side in the conflict, and as President Ghani said, they may not survive longer than six months without foreign support, but it is impossible to completely ignore them in the current situation because of being the main anti-government force, particularly as the United States being the major ally of Afghan government with over 10,000 troops in Afghanistan is not yet ready to put pressure on the main supporters of Taliban and other terrorist groups – Pakistan’s military and intelligence – despite concrete evidence against them. Other than Trump’s mere warnings and aid freeze which cannot stop Pakistan from supporting anti-Afghan government militants, Washington has not taken any other steps against Islamabad. Even the Pentagon rejected reports that the White House has authorized US forces to hunt down militants both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.    

When its major defense ally doesn’t take actions against the backer of insurgents that can contribute to stability in Afghanistan despite having the might and resources, how one can expect the government will win the war should the status quo remain unchanged. Both past experience and the current situation show that political dialogue is the only way to put an end to Afghan war. Afghan government and the Taliban will finally have to opt for this solution, so it will be better if they do it before more Afghan blood is spilt. They should never close peace doors on each other since peace is a top priority for Afghans, as well as their only hope for survival.

 

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