By: Suraya Raiszada
Following recent visit of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Head of Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation, to Pakistan and the country’s commitment to honestly cooperating Afghanistan peace process, Indian officials have invited Dr. Abdullah for an official visit to New Delhi.
A number of Afghan political experts in their interviews with The Kabul Times correspondent consider role of India in support of Afghanistan peace process as significant.
“India is among countries that has had good relations with Afghanistan for the past few decades and considered as key supporter of the people of Afghanistan; therefore, role of the respective country in Afghanistan peace process is effective,” said Saifuddin Saihoon, a university lecturer.
He stressed that one of the issues that has made Afghanistan peace process longer have been games being played by the regional countries as a number of these countries were supporting terrorist groups and want to play role in Afghan peace process.
He hoped regional countries would be honest in relations with Afghanistan as the country has had very good relations with most of countries in the region.
Meanwhile, Sima Samar, state minister for human rights, believes that the support of all regional countries from Afghanistan peace process is key and important.
“Disputes in Afghanistan do not depend on only the people of Afghanistan, but unfortunately most of countries in the region and world are somehow involved in ongoing disputes in Afghanistan; therefore, if the regional countries do not support Afghanistan peace process, we will again face with challenges in talks with the Taliban group,” Mrs. Samar stressed.
Asadullah, another Afghan political expert, believes that India is a powerful country in the region and has good relations with most countries in the region including Afghanistan; therefore, the country can play vital role in Afghanistan peace process.
“I think the common interests existed between the regional countries can result in creation common positions and most countries in the region are ready to ignore minor interests to reach bigger interests,” Asadullah said, adding that both India and Pakistan are members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and based on statue of the organization, member countries should show flexibility in maintaining peace in the region.
Jamal Farahmand, another Afghan political expert, says with changes that have created in the region, all regional countries should make use of the opportunity for maintaining security and stability in the region particularly in Afghanistan.
“If regional countries particularly India and Pakistan want to prevent from increasing activities of terrorist groups as Daesh, al Qaeda and Taliban in the region, they should take serious steps for counter terrorism and maintaining peace in Afghanistan,” Farahmand said. According to Afghan political experts, Afghanistan wants to keep somehow regional balance in its foreign policy with its neighboring countries in the region and does not want to interfere in internal affairs of other countries, but it also wants other countries not to interfere in internal affairs of Afghanistan.