Reviewing US-Pakistan relation

general-nicholsonEDITORIAL: The top US commander in Afghanistan has suggested recently a “holistic review” of his country’s relationship with Pakistan.

“Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review,” General John Nicolson, commander of the Resolute Support forces and the US troops in Afghanistan told the senate armed services committee on Thursday.

Nicolson who took over command of the US and other NATO-led troops in Afghanistan nearly one year ago, seems realize that Islamabad can play a vital role in stability of Afghanistan. Also he probably feels that Afghanistan’s neighboring country is not honest in its commitments in helping peace process.

Afghanistan under Hamid Karzai and now with president Ashraf Ghani have frequently told the international partners particularly the United States that the road to the peace in Afghanistan goes through the neighboring Pakistan.

Karzai in his 21 visits to Pakistani tried to convince Islamabad that peace in the region is directly related to peace in Afghanistan, asking Pakistani leaders to cooperate in Afghan stability. Karzai also repeatedly criticized the United States for not pressuring Pakistan to stop sheltering Taliban and other armed opposition groups, who carry out attacks in Afghan soil from there.

Washington is fighting terrorism in Afghanistan now for more than a decade and half with losing soldiers and spending billions of dollars. But it has not yet gotten the result it wants and terrorist groups are still killing Afghan troops and innocent people.

The United States new administration should be more serious in relationship with Pakistan that has so far received large amounts from Washington for the so-called “fighting terrorism”.

Obviously both Afghanistan and Pakistan are suffering from terrorism. Hundreds of civilians lose their lives or are injured every year in the two countries.

But the fact is that Afghanistan really wants peace not only in its territory, but in the region, but Pakistani authorities have less proved they are seriously working for a regional stability.

If the international community especially the United States seriously demands Islamabad to be an honest partner for fighting terrorism and extremism and Pakistan comes under pressure by the world powers, the consequence will be positive and we will witness a considerable decrease in terrorist activities.

If Pakistan decides to work with Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan will shake their hands and appreciate them. We have lived together for long years and the wrong policies of statesmen should not separate the nations.

THE PASHTUN TIMES

One comment

  1. Reza Khan Yousufzai

    Neither the US nor Punjabi Raj is interested in peace in Afghanistan or Pashtunkhwa.
    The US has been an active apologist of the Punjabi military junta whom it counts on
    as its protegies. US is not serious in fighting Islamist Terror.The fact that Daesh is in Nangarhar
    and doing the bidding of both US and Punjabis bothers them little. Punjabis have always been the
    prostitutes of the British Raj and the US have inherited them from the Raj.
    Maybe Trump is more honest than Obama. Let hope and see ,but I wont count on any change.
    Pakistan is the Israel of South Asia.the US can always count on it to be let loose on any democratic seeking people.The Pashtun have been suffering for more than 70 years in this Punjabi Raj. Taleban, Mujahedin ,Daesh are all presents from Punjabi-US-Arab alliance .The major casualties and loosers are the Pashtun.

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