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How Biden will handle Afghanistan’s file?

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    Foreign troops’ exit from Afghanistan” Is a prime question these days

    The fact is that the Pak-Afghan bilateral relationship has for the past several decades been viewed through the lens of the Afghan internal conflict. Therefore any improvement in ties is linked to peace and stability in Afghanistan. Mr. Khan’s meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani remained cordial. And both leaders reiterated their commitment to peace as well as strengthening the bilateral relationship. Mr. Khan offered this country’s full support when he told the Afghan side that if “Pakistan can help. Please let us know”.

    Must establish peace in Islamabad and Kabul

    Engagement at the highest level between Islamabad and Kabul is necessary for improved bilateral relations. Also peace in the region. Too often spoilers have tried to drive a wedge between both capitals. This thing prevents the relationship from developing to its full potential. Moreover, there are elements within the Kabul establishment that have no love lost for Pakistan. And they are constantly blaming this country for Afghanistan’s internal miseries and conflicts.

    PM Imran Khan’s Meeting with Ashraf Ghani

    While it is true that Pakistan has some leverage with the Afghan Taliban, blaming Pakistan alone for Afghanistan’s problems is unwarranted. Afghanistan ruined by decades of involvement in its internal affairs by external forces, including the superpowers of the day, as well as the failure of the Afghan political and tribal elites to accept each other. However, if the relationship is to move forward, both Islamabad and Kabul must build trust; regular exchanges between the respective leaderships can help reduce the trust deficit and address areas of concern.

    In regard to Afghan peace, Donald Trump had announced the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. While the move has been criticized by some in the American establishment, as well as Nato, the world will have to wait till Joe Biden assumes the US presidency to see what direction Washington will take vis-à-vis Afghanistan. Mr. Biden has said that he too favors a troop withdrawal, but wants to move more slowly. Indeed, this is a critical time for the Afghan peace process.

    Any Major or minor deviation from this policy may effect the peace treaty that US signed with Afghan Taliban in February and causes Civil War in the Afghanistan. America must ensure the orderly withdrawal of troops for the sake of piece in the continent. Moreover Afghan government and Establishment also put forward great efforts to maintain internal peace as well.

    Courtesy: The Dawn

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