30 years after the last Soviet troops retreated from Afghanistan, Russia and itself as a player in the region, hosting talks between the Taliban and Afghan politicians aimed at speeding another superpower exit, this time by the United States.
The talks, held in Moscow’s, which is owned by the Kremlin, offered a more detailed window onto how the Taliban see an end to the 18-year war.
The Afghan politicians, part of a delegation of about 40 led by the former president Hamid Karzai, spoke of protecting the hard gains of the past 18 years, the Taliban denounced a new Afghan constitution that lays out a system of governance built at enormous cost.
Afghanistan’s presidential race is taking shape amid peace talks between the United States and the Taliban as peace talks seem to be the last chance for candidates, including President Ghani, to earn credit in the eyes of voters.
Now Afghanistan is not alone or isolated. The world community is behind the elected and representative Government in Kabul enjoying international recognition at all level. The world will never allow the irregular Taliban to come to power and rule Kabul or establish regional Governments in Southern or Eastern parts of Afghanistan.
America and its allies are giving priority to the power rather than finding Afghanistan’s peaceful and political solution, which will bring more violence to the region. There is a direct impact on insecurity in Afghanistan, which is why there are millions of refugees present in Balochistan, which are affecting the economic and political conditions in the country.
It is also important for Pakistan to safeguard its national interest, the developing strategic paradigm had made it equally important to keep the friends close. The net effect of the recent tours which Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi carried out will be visible when the dialogue process picks up the pace. As of now, there is no clear direction which the discourse might lead to as the fighting is as vehement in Afghanistan as before.
Pakistan hosts millions of Afghan refugees, half of them undocumented, and has been pressing for an early repatriation of the displaced population, their presence “helps Afghan terrorists to melt and morph among them.”
The Government should round up all illegal immigrants and place them under barbed wire camps before they are deported back to their country. Without sending the illegal immigrants back to Afghanistan, it will be very difficult for the Government to restore peace in any part of Pakistan. It is difficult a settled man in any settled region of the country will ever dare to harbour a terrorist or house a sleeping cell for long. Only an insane man can do this job. Otherwise sane people will handed the terrorists over to the police if it comes to his knowledge.
Beyond the doubt that Afghanistan is fast marching towards a completely failed State and almost it had lost the battles in fight against Taliban and IS terrorists.
The presence of Afghans in Balochistan is a hotly debated issue. There should be a loud and clear that there is no room for presence of Afghans as economic refugees or at the cost of the local population.
Real, sustainable security in the Balochistan province, as in the rest of Pakistan, will not develop until Prime Minister Imran Khan, with the support of regional partners, addresses Baloch political and economic grievances directly.