By: Suraya Raiszada
Following recent visit of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation, to Islamabad and New Delhi, a number of Afghan political experts consider his visit to the respective countries as key for creating regional consensus, stressing that Dr. Abdullah’s recent visit to Pakistan and India has been full of achievement. In their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent, they say as intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams are underway in Qatar, recent visit of the country’s head of high council for national reconciliation to Pakistan and India can have effective role in succeeding the peace talks.
“Kabul is making effort to somehow keep its relations’ balance with New Delhi and Islamabad to observe balance in relations with the two respective countries in future,” said Javed Kohistani, an Afghan political expert.
He added that recent visit of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as head of high council for national reconciliation to India and Pakistan following starting the intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams had been planned to get support from the respective countries where he has warmly been received by high ranking officials of the two countries. According to Kohistani, the more both countries have interactions during peace talks in Qatar, the more progress will occur in peace process.
Considering Dr. Abdullah’s recent visit to Pakistan as productive and full of achievement, Kohistani said it seemed Pakistan’s vision or policy in connection with Afghanistan has changed as the country has reached a consequence on the issue of peace and Taliban. He also considered Dr. Abdullah’s recent visit to India as significant for Afghanistan peace process because India is among countries having no good relations with Pakistan, adding that India has declared its strong support from the Afghan-owned peace process.
Nevertheless, a number of other Afghan experts believe that Pakistan’s policy towards Afghanistan has not changed and warmly receiving of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah by Pakistan is another trick of the country’s policy. They say that Pakistan should prove that the country’s policy has changed in order that good relations between the countries help succeed peace talks in Qatar.
Ali Rahmani, one of Afghan experts, believe that India is also concerning over future of Afghan peace process and ongoing talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams as the country believes that Taliban are being supported by Pakistan and the group is determined that for the interest of Pakistan, it can weaken India’s role in Afghanistan.
He added that regional countries are asking comprehensive talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams without any interference of foreign countries; thus, India and Pakistan has separately declared their support from Afghanistan peace process.
According to Rahmani, one of the important things which should be debated that Afghanistan dispute has not now depended to only Afghanistan people, but unfortunately all regional and world countries are somehow involved in the country’s dispute; therefore, we will be facing with challenge if regional countries do not agree on Afghan peace process.
Meanwhile, a lecturer of political science Ainuddin Hashimi says Pakistan has warmly received Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and shown that the country’s policy towards Afghanistan disputes has now changed and wants to have good relations with Afghanistan.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan wants to have good relations with all countries in the region and is making effort to make use of their positive role in the country’s peace process; therefore, head of high council for national reconciliation has started his regional visits from Pakistan and India and it is determined that he will pay a visit to Iran too in near future.