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The Afghan Constitution, women rights, madar-pidar azadi, etc are all ethos of a minuscule urban elite in a country where the first and foremost priority should be peace and safety of life across the board. ...

 

The US-Taliban Agreement wouldn’t bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan unless Washington compels Pakistani military establishment to close down terrorist sanctuaries on its soil and induces Taliban leadership to commence direct peace negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan….

Forty-five years after the fall of Saigon all the prerequisites for a similar scenario are unfolding in Afghanistan. And if the past holds any lessons for the future, Washington could not hope for a more auspicious outcome....

Nine-eleven has its roots in US policy in the Middle East. Without a resolution of the Palestinian question, encouragement of democracy in the region regardless of its pitfalls, nudging the Saudi rulers towards constitutional monarchy and ceasing the persecution of Iran…

 ISIS had a history with Afghanistan, with the group’s ideologue and former chief of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musa al–Zarqawi, running training camps in southern Afghanistan and pledging his allegiance to Al Qaeda’s chief Osama Bin Laden in 2004…

 

In the case of the recently signed U.S.-Taliban agreement on Afghanistan, President Trump provided the lemons, and the lead U.S. negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, and his team did the squeezing. Mr. Trump made clear that he intended to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan — with or without a “deal.”...

 

In the run-up to the signing of the Afghan accord, the main sticking point was the “intra-Afghan” negotiations in which the Taliban will “negotiate” its acceptance of the 2020 election....

If the Taliban Are Back In Kabul, Islamabad’s Close Partners May Be in Office Once Again
Christophe Jaffrelot
If the Taliban Are Back In Kabul, Islamabad’s Close Partners May Be in Office Once Again
Christophe Jaffrelot , and Vihang Jumle

The deal is not a full-fledged peace treaty but merely a pre-agreement; a way to get the Taliban and the Afghan government together at the negotiating table. The Afghan government and the Taliban are now expected to talk and fix things themselves….

Although the deal provided the Taliban with standing on an international level, it appears that the terms of the agreement were not honoured given the resumption of hostility by the Taliban a few days post the signing of the agreement....

So long as the Afghan stakeholders — including the Taliban and others — don’t take the ownership of Afghanistan, the people of the war-torn country will continue to face foreign intervention, violence and war....

The sticking point of disagreement between the Taliban and Afghan government stems from different clauses in the peace deal and the Kabul declaration….

 

Some media reports have indicated that the Afghan Taliban have conveyed to Al Qaeda and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to stop their operations in Pakistan and against foreign forces in Afghanistan...

 

It is ironic that the US first destroys the state infrastructure in a third world country and then leaves the mess to be cleared by its people. It is not only Afghanistan where the state apparatus was dismantled after a foreign intervention but Iraq, Libya and Syria also suffered because of this external interference...

 
Why Afghan Women's Rights Matter
Amb. Melanne Verveer and Carla Koppell

More specifically, the United States, the international community and the Afghan Government must demand women's participation in intra-Afghan peace talks. We must urge our Afghan allies to have a negotiating team that includes women representatives....

 

“Americans have long run out of good reasons to continue dying and killing in a land whose tribes make it notoriously difficult to govern and whose mountainous terrain renders it impossible to conquer. ....

The Afghanistan peace deal, long in the making, gives no indication that the “last helicopter” of the US and its allies will leave Afghanistan in peace and tranquillity. The deal is, of course, welcome but the uncertainties inspire little confidence and thus the cautious Indian reaction is quite natural….

In the Taliban’s mind, their Emirate still exists. That is why throughout their agreement with the US, there are multiple references to the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban’...

 

While a lot would ride on the intra-Afghan dialogue, slated to start on March 10, the agreement says that the Taliban will start these negotiations with “Afghan sides”, not specifically mentioning the Afghan government....

 

To start with, the Taliban leadership has no incentive to embrace a deal that in any way requires concessions on their part, for one major reason: They believe they are winning. The Taliban has successfully challenged the government for control of rural areas, and by doing so, the roads necessary to resupply major urban areas….

 

Afghanistan experts say the deal is mainly about the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan — a key Taliban demand since the start of the conflict in 2001. President Trump needs to bring the troops back to American soil to boost his re-election chances this year, they say. It is one of the reasons behind a "rushed deal."...

 

Whether the tentative understanding reached between Afghan Taliban and US representatives in Doha last week represents a meaningful step down that path is less clear...

 

Taliban, which sees the US withdrawal as a victory, will bide its time before moving in and conquering the legitimate government. This is a classic American maneuver to save its own skin while abandoning an ally. It happened before in Vietnam and it looks like it will happen in Afghanistan….

 

The fact that he wants to do this in 2020, a presidential election year, regardless of whether or not Afghanistan is capable of civilly mending all internal strife and disagreements, shows just how much this instance of international negotiation is more about voters in Ohio, Michigan and Florida than people in Kabul or Kandahar….

That was a pessimistic scenario and indicated that the political compulsions had become so strong that imagining a scenario where the Afghans as a state and society could overcome their differences was difficult....

 

Nevertheless, we decided to try once more. The long war has exacted a terrible cost from everyone. We thought it unwise to dismiss any potential opportunity for peace no matter how meagre the prospects of its success....

 


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