WEB DESK: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s diatribe against Pakistan at the Nato summit at Warsaw over the weekend deserved a matching response from Pakistan.
But it was not; the Foreign Office’s reaction was docile. Once again it reiterated Pakistan’s lingering hope and sincere effort to see that peace and tranquillity return to Afghanistan. “Since we have a genuine interest in seeing peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan will continue to make every effort to help bring peace in Afghanistan,” the FO said in a statement following Afghan leader’s provocation.
President Ghani said Pakistan makes a distinction between the “good Taliban” and “bad Taliban”, as if but for the handful “bad Taliban” his country would have been peaceful. Good or bad it is the Afghans who frustrated multi-trillion dollar foreign adventure for more than 16 years – and are still there strong enough on the ground that even history-conscious President Barack Obama had to rewrite his cherished legacy of bringing home his boys and girls from Afghanistan before the year is out.
The fact is that Ashraf Ghani, like his predecessor Hamid Karzai, was in Warsaw to collect money and that has been promised. What happens to that money the Nato leadership by now must have some clue, but remains shy of asking its Afghan counterpart on the face how come trillions have been spent in Afghanistan but neither its security forces are good enough to stand up to the handful of ‘bad Taliban’ nor is there tangible sign that the lot of an average Afghan has improved.
But, media reports from the venue of the summit say the donors underscored the need for ‘reforms of the Afghan security forces, which are grappling with deeply entrenched corruption and human rights violation’. Perhaps, the summiteers should have also realised that by removing Mulla Akhtar Mansour from the scene the CIA drones have droned a strong possibility of obtaining right conditions for lasting peace in Afghanistan. If he was the ‘bad Taliban’ getting hold of ‘good Taliban’ would remain an ever-receding mirage.
How ungrateful of President Ashraf Ghani that only week before his anti-Pakistan diatribe against Pakistan – which was nothing but an attempt at putting out of sight his own failures – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went out of the way by extending the date for repatriation Afghan refugees for another six months. Thirty five years on about 2.5 million Afghan refugees are still in Pakistan.
Were he a wee bit concerned about their wellbeing and security the Afghan president should have hesitated in uttering words which no Pakistani would digest. Then he should also realise that throughout his reign Islamabad had been bending backward, sometimes dangerously, to keep him in good humour by overlooking his opportunistic twists and turns dictated by the platform he spoke from. It was Pakistan which hosted first face-to-face contact between the Taliban and the Ghani government.
Then again it was Pakistan which set the ball rolling for the Quadrilateral Co-ordination Group peace process. And had Mulla Mansour not droned to death there was every possibility of the Group making some tangible progress. The bitter reality is that irrespective of Taliban being good or bad they are Afghans and without them joining the peace process there would be no peace process.
It is beyond one’s comprehension why the Nato leadership chose the path of more war in Afghanistan instead of reviving the QCG platform. President Ashraf Ghani has accused Pakistan of making distinction between “good and bad terrorists”. What makes him think that QCG should talk only to the ‘good Taliban’, and not the ones who are playing havoc in his country?
The reality is that Taliban are Taliban, and they want their share of the cake Ghani and his group are eating. Let the Nato send more troops and try defeating the Taliban – which it could not with much larger presence and many more billions. If peace in Afghanistan is so precious to the Nato leader and it would for it even if it had to kill Taliban chief why peace in Pakistan is not.
Pakistan also expects cooperation of the Afghan government in its fight against terrorism through effective border management and denial of a safe haven provided to Mulla Fazlullah by the Kabul rulers and remains unspotted to otherwise sharp-eyed CIA drones.
Source: Business Recorder