How should Kabul finally deal with Islamabad?

Monday, 12 February 2018 07:05 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 274 times

The second round of talks between Afghanistan and Pakistan ended without any major breakthrough. In a statement released after the second meeting on “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS)”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that some progress has been made on the mechanism of cooperation, but there has been no achievement in the areas of counter terrorism, reduction of violence, and peace meeting the priorities of Afghanistan. Disagreements between the two sides were very serious that even a joint statement was not issued after the talks. Although Pakistan has described the discussions as “good” saying more work was required, the statement of Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs clearly shows Pakistan, as usual, still believes only in its deception.  


It is hard to deal with Pakistan because despite compelling evidence, it is not yet ready to publicly acknowledge hosting and supporting anti-Afghan government militants. In official meetings, Pakistan continues to deny using terrorists as proxy forces, something that leads any initiative to mend fences with the country to failure. In any talks when Kabul raises the issue of Pakistan’s support to Taliban and the Haqqani Network with concrete evidence, Pakistan’s categorical denial shuts all doors to dialogue, thereby eliminating all chances of successful talks. Nearly all attempts to repair Kabul-Islamabad ties have either failed to yield desired results, or have been nipped in the bud. 

As long as Pakistan remains to be in such a complete denial of supporting terror groups, Afghanistan won’t succeed in luring Pakistan to meet its demands, or making negotiations come to fruition. In this case, turning to the international community is the only option Afghanistan will have at hand. Kabul no longer should waste its time by talking to Islamabad, and instead better take up the matter with international community, particularly the United States. All evidence of Pakistan’s link with and support for terrorist groups should be shared with the United Nations Security Council, and the United States should be urged to clarify its stance on the war on terrorism. Afghans cannot tolerate forever the bombardment of their homes and villages in the name of war on terror, while Pakistan, as the state sponsor of terrorism, is allowed to go unpunished.


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