Wahid Muzhda, a political expert, stressed that if sacrifices and achievements made by Afghanistan post the US invasion of Afghanistan were collated, the former were far higher than the latter. "If the high-rise buildings and some asphalted roads in capital Kabul and some other major cities are compared with hundreds of thousands of deaths among civilians and the military, our losses are more than the gains."
Additionally, the ambiguous US goals in Afghanistan have also made it difficult to forge a regional consensus for stability in the country, which can also be viewed a threat to the future of the country.
16 years ago, Russia, China and other Central Asian countries did not think Afghanistan posed a threat to them, but they now considered instability in Afghanistan a threat to their interests, an issue which “fueled the fire of proxy wars” in the country, Muzhda stressed, maintaining that no infrastructure projects that could guarantee the prosperity of future generations have been implemented, and Afghan economy was still reliant on foreign assistance though Afghanistan has received billions of dollars in aid.
Meanwhile, Muhsen Ekhtyar, a military pundit, said the international community did not fulfill its commitments with Afghanistan, and largely tried to deceive Afghan people because Afghanistan neither has a well-equipped army and security, nor were terrorists eliminated and the democracy promoted by the West built. "Fragile government, laws on paper, economic reliance on other countries, and brain drain are the very outcomes of the attack the US launched on Afghanistan 16 years ago."
As per the statistics released by foreigners, almost 40 percent of people in Afghanistan lived below the poverty line, a level virtually similar to that during the Taliban regime, Ekhtyar concluded.
However, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said though Afghans paid a high price over the last 16 years, the result was that Afghanistan did not become a hotbed of terrorists.
Talking to The Heart of Asia, MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the result of the sacrifices made by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) over the past 16 years was that Afghanistan did not become a haven for terrorists, now there was a guarantee that the country would never return to the dark days.
Nonetheless, the government by and large dubs progress in education, freedom of speech, telecommunication and health services, legislation of laws and some other things as its major achievements.