Political tensions and mistrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan is detrimental to security situation within both countries. The government of Afghanistan and its nation expect Pakistan to take sincere steps in war on terror. At the same time emphasizing on expansion of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Afghan political experts expect these relations to further improve and would be in benefit of both nations.
US National Security Advisor HR McMaster, who came to Kabul on Sunday and met with National Unity Government leaders emphasized that the best way for Pakistan to pursue its interest in Afghanistan and elsewhere was through diplomacy – not the use of proxies that engaged in violence.
“As all of us have hoped for many years that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after (militant) groups less selectively than they have in the past,” McMaster said in an interview with local Tolonews channel.
He went on saying that Taliban refusing to join the peace process would be defeated militarily and they can be defeated in a number of ways, adding for those who are now willing to join their Afghan brothers to strengthen the state, end the violence and, to be part of the political process, Afghan president and the chief executive officer will welcome them back in. “So it is their choice now.”
The advisor added US and Afghan forces would not spare the elements who victimized women, shot people in hospitals. He called Daesh and Taliban a threat to all civilized people, stressed they must be defeated.
It must be noted that the thick smoke of fire and explosion in Afghanistan will harm Pakistan’s eye too – neighbors do have common pros and cons. Hence, it is hoped that Pakistan officials to fulfill their commitments and prove their sincere intention regarding the war-weary Afghans.
Last year was a bloody year for Afghanistan, where Pakistan did not remain immune to terrorist attacks and suicide bombings as well.
In order to work for peace, both the Afghan government and Pakistan need to work together to maintain undisrupted warm relations. Only through robust relations between the two countries, they can prevent unexpected disruptions in the efforts to revive the peace talks and start negotiations with the insurgents.
What the Afghan and Pakistani governments neglect is the fact that deterioration of relations between Kabul and Islamabad is more detriment to the peace efforts than any other factors in the way for peace efforts. Therefore, both the countries need to maintain sustained friendly relations with the aim to pave the way for peace talks and preventing unexpected disruptions.
In a nutshell, since both the countries are embroiled in militancy, they will have to bridge the gap and build trust through friendly practices and take high step regarding peace process.