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Afghanistan government preparing for both peace & war, NSA

By: Lailuma Noori

Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan National Security Advisor has warned that Afghanistan will face with real threats of civil war after US troop withdrawal from the country.
In an interview with the BBC, National Security Advisor said Afghanistan government was now preparing for both peace and war and all efforts were underway to reduce the real threat of another civil war in the country.
“Afghanistan government will try its best to make succeed peace talks and has asked Taliban to solve its problems on negotiating table with goodwill,” Mohib said.
Nevertheless, a number of Afghan analysts and experts believe that Afghanistan is currently involved in a civil war and the situation will get worse if peace talks face with failure.
On the other hand, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has considered the ongoing war as war on terrorist, extremist and mafia groups as well as an undeclared war of a neighboring country with Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad by pointing to importance of peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban in Qatar has said past mistakes should not be repeated and all should take lessons from the past.
In 1992, Afghanistan fell to a civil war as various groups of mujahidden started fighting against each other and destroyed parts of the country. The continued civil war started in 1992 resulted in appearance of Taliban as the people were tired of shortcomings and insecurities in the country.
Although government officials in late 1990s and now have been accusing Pakistan for supporting insurgents, concerns over the support of insurgent and terrorist groups by the neighboring country are still increasing day by day.
It does not seem if Taliban are able to capture key parts of the country in case of failure of peace talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban and US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but there is no doubt that Taliban will expand their under-control areas and presence of other terrorist groups as al Qaeda and Daesh will increase and the country will enter to new phase of war and crisis.
Besides, Afghanistan continued war has various dimensions and many groups are benefiting from the ongoing war in the country, but the most important question is that whether US will continue funding Afghan Defense and Security Forces beyond 2021 after troop withdrawal from Afghanistan or not. Recent remarks of Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib come amid of increasing insecurities in various parts of the country particularly Helmand, where Taliban started their large-scale attacks on parts of the Lashkargah, the provincial capital, last week. His remarks have also come after range of meetings held between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams in Qatar, but no progress has seen in their talks so far.

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