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Editorial

Peace talks shouldn’t mean returning to dark era

Undated Handout picture of U.S., Taliban and Qatar officials during a meeting for peace talks in Doha, Qatar. Qatari Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY

A top US Senator Lindsey Graham has once again warned that American pulling troops out of Afghanistan would lead to “another 9/11”, saying that America cannot “outsource” its national security to the Taliban.
Graham issued a similar warning ahead of US President Donald Trump meeting with his security advisors last month where they discussed issues around a possible peace deal with the Taliban – the militant group which is seeking the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan in exchange for ceasefire and intra-Afghan negotiations.
“If we left tomorrow, the Taliban cannot be trusted to take care of ISIS [Daesh] and al-Qaeda,” Graham said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday. “They don’t have the capability. So, when you ask our intelligence community…what would happen to America if we withdrew all of our forces. They tell us without any hesitation it would lead to another 9/11 in a matter of time,” Graham said in the interview.
This comes as the ninth round of the negotiations between the US and the Taliban on Saturday. The sources said the two sides will sign the peace deal within the next few days which will be followed by intra-Afghan negotiations.
There is no doubt that Afghan forces are capable to fight Taliban insurgents across the country and they have foiled most of the group’s threats and insurgency campaign in many provinces of the country. meanwhile the forces are in front line of war on terror and not only fighting for peace in the country, but also for the stability of the whole region.
Therefore, the US forces withdrawal should be conditions-based and do not allow the insurgents to once again threaten the security of the whole world. Afghan forces will remain defiant in the face of terrorism, but counter-terrorism efforts require a sustained global response since only a zero-tolerance approach, based on cooperation among all States, will achieve success. 
The enforcement of Security Council sanctions, outlined in resolutions 1988 (2011) and 1267 (1999), should no longer be compromised.  Afghanistan will continue to pursue a sequential peace process leading to dialogue between the Government and the Taliban. The country’s partners should see Afghanistan as a platform for regional and global cooperation, and not simply for mutual economic benefit. 
As a matter of fact, the war that was started in Afghanistan on the pretext of war against terrorism has not been able to eradicate terrorism; neither, it has been able to achieve anything worthwhile regarding nation-building the country. Therefore, billions of dollars that have been spent on Afghanistan have not been able to guarantee a safe and stable country.
But despite increasing insurgency, Afghanistan could have many achievements in many different spheres. The values and achievements that have come about were the product of tens of years of bellicose struggle that the Afghan people paid heavy cost to earn.
It is very clear that the Taliban group is not content with anything, but the closure of the human values enshrined in the current constitution of Afghanistan. Therefore, the only way for the people and the current government of Afghanistan is to stand against the illegitimate demands of the Taliban and to prevent from returning to the black era. We should not go back to the past under any circumstances and never submit everything to the Taliban.

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