Afghanistan: From a theater of proxy war to a theater of verbal clashes

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:23 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 133 times

In addition to other factors, the blame game between various sides involved in Afghanistan has also added to the complexity of Afghan conflict. The regional countries allege that the goal of the military presence of the West, particularly the United States, in Afghanistan is to keep them in check. Even they view the emergence and activities of Daesh in Afghanistan as a conspiracy against them, and their concerns now are not at the level that should be shared through diplomatic channels, but the officials of those countries accuse the US through media of backing Daesh.
Russia claims that American choppers are transporting Daesh terrorists to northern Afghanistan. Iran and Pakistan uphold the Russian claim, and also use it as a pretext to justify their links with Taliban. Meanwhile, the United States accuses Iran and Russia besides Pakistan of aiding the Taliban. In his recent interview with BBC, US Ambassador to Kabul John Boss has accused Iran of providing logistics support to the Taliban, saying that he did not know why Tehran was supporting the Taliban because it can destabilize Iran’s eastern border. In response to the statements, Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan has rejected the claims as baseless, calling on Washington to present concrete evidence about the issue to Afghan government instead of levelling allegations against Iran. He, however, acknowledged having contacts with the Taliban.
Afghan conflict is without a shadow of a doubt a proxy war fought for the interests of outsiders, but verbal attacks between the US, and Russia, Iran and Pakistan have recently reached a level of grave concern. The diplomats of these countries say whatever they want without providing evidence, and respecting the national sovereignty of Afghanistan. They level allegations against each other, but never really present any evidence, a situation that has effectively turned Afghanistan into a spot of verbal clashes besides the proxy war. The embattled Afghan government has embraced silence on the intensifying blame game, and even has not tried to release a statement about it. To protect the country’s best interests, it is the responsibility of the government to stand out against, and not let, any outsider to violate the country’s national sovereignty and further complicate the ongoing Afghan conflict by making irresponsible statements.

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