By: Suraya Raiszada
As intra-Afghan talks between Afghanistan government and Taliban negotiating teams have started to end the ongoing war in the country, National Security Council (NSC) has said Afghanistan won’t be safe haven for foreign terrorist groups after peace agreement with the Taliban group. This comes at a time when there 20 small terrorist groups operating beside Taliban in Afghanistan, according Afghan government officials.
Now, the main question is ‘Will the ongoing war end in case of peace agreement with the Taliban group? – a question which is concerning. Nevertheless, a spokesperson to Afghanistan National Security Council Javed Faisal in his recent remarks on peace talks and presence of other terrorist groups in Afghanistan has said other small terrorist groups will lose their safe haven whenever peace agreement is signed with the Taliban group.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan political experts have different visions in this regard. They believe that small terrorist groups cannot operate in Afghanistan in case of agreement with the Taliban group.
“Now that opportunity has been provided for both sides, they should make use of the opportunity and should not let any possibilities to be used by terrorist groups in the country,” said Omar Shafiq, an Afghan political expert.
He added that all 20 terrorist groups were said to be active were not operating in Afghanistan but trying to show up as part of propaganda.
Shafiq believes that all those terrorist groups operating somehow in Afghanistan will lose their fighters and reputation when Taliban accepts the government’s condition for talks and cuts its link with al Qaeda.
Afghan experts also believe that a large number of religious seminaries and madraas are cooperation across the country where a number of these madrasas are working for foreign countries and wash their brains as most of these religious seminaries are active under the control of Taliban; therefore, monitoring of these madrasas is difficult and impossible for the government.
Previously, Afghanistan government had stressed that more religious madrasas and seminaries would opened for Afghan students inside Afghanistan to prevent the students from going to Pakistan for receiving religious studies in Pakistani seminaries where students are taught terrorism and extremism.
Nevertheless, Afghanistan ministry of education considers lack of tendency of donor countries in funding and construction of religious seminaries as the main challenge towards opening religious madrasas. This comes amid of increasing of insecurities in some provinces as well as a number of districts of Kabul as the country’s defense and security forces by launching a range of operations have arrested individuals linking to Daesh terrorist group.
Political experts believe that presence of small and big terrorist groups in Afghanistan have caused that ANDSF and civilians both lost their lives to counter the phenomenon; therefore, reaching real peace can limit presence of most terrorist groups in the country.
It is worth mentioning that Daesh, Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Tybba and other small terrorist groups are operating beside Taliban in some parts of Afghanistan.