Pakistan poised to deceive Afghanistan again

Sunday, 08 April 2018 03:21 Written by  Read 55 times

Pakistan often resorts to deceitful actions when faced with international pressures over its destructive role in Afghanistan. In a recent such attempt, Islamabad has again begun to sham mending fences with Kabul. Two senior Pakistani officials visited Kabul one after another in less than a month. The visiting officials were Pakistani national security adviser, and afterwards the Pakistani premier who came to Kabul on a day-long visit last Friday.
In a press statement, ARG said that President Ghani discussed the fight against terrorism, Afghan-led peace process, continued Pakistani incursions along the Durand Line, repatriation of Afghan refugees, exchange of prisoners, and finalization of “Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity or APAPPS” with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Pakistani media has said that Prime Minister Abbasi has also announced 40,000 tons wheat in aid to Afghanistan, and a waiver in regulatory duty on Afghan exports to Pakistan.
The Pakistani prime minister’s visit to Kabul comes as Pakistani forces have intensified firing artillery shells into Kunar province, with reports that even Pakistani planes have crossed into Afghanistan and bombed some areas in one of its districts. Meanwhile, Afghan Ministry of Defense has said that five Pakistani military advisers supporting Taliban had also been killed together with scores of Taliban fighters in the airstrike in Archi district of Kunduz province. These incidents clearly show a dichotomy between the words and actions of the Pakistani side. While Islamabad pretends to repair strained ties with Kabul, and promises to lend its weight behind President Ghani’s peace offer to the Taliban, it has indeed continued with its destructive activities against Afghanistan.
With its experience of Pakistan’s unending game of deception, the National Unity Government should be extremely cautious in dealing with the state sponsor of terrorism. Among the issues on which both sides have agreed, the exchange of prisoners has already given birth to suspicions. Instead of helping the Afghan peace process, Islamabad seems to be after the extradition of perhaps important Pakistani Taliban leaders currently held by Afghan government. In return, Islamabad may hand over some Afghan Taliban leaders, currently not very influential among Taliban, to Kabul to show the world that it is playing a part in the Afghan peace process. That way, Pakistan would “kill two birds with one stone”: get important Pakistani Taliban leaders and relieve itself of growing international pressure. Afghanistan doesn’t need the extradition of Afghan Taliban leaders, but rather the elimination of militant training camps and safe havens in Pakistan, as well as a halt to the state support for Taliban.

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