Peace in Afghanistan: Will Pakistan Play Ball? (Page 3 of 3)

Although leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan might want the United States to stay in the background as they pursue an accord, it’s unlikely that any agreement could be accomplished without the support of Washington and the international community. Still, perhaps to create additional political space at home, the leaders of both Afghanistan and Pakistan have recently indicated increasing unhappiness with the American role in the region. Karzai, for instance, told NBC that the United States is greatly to blame for Afghanistan’s lack of security and Pakistan’s prime minister complained to the American ambassador that drone attacks are counterproductive. Terrorism, said Karzai, would not be defeated “by attacking Afghan villages and Afghan homes.” Karzai also suggested that unless the United States changed its ways in Afghanistan, he would refuse to cooperate on a long-term security accord that could allow U.S. counterterrorism forces and advisers to be stationed in the country long beyond 2014. In Washington, such talk is seen as bravado, but Obama administration officials recall that Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in a similar situation, ultimately shocked the United States by rejecting an extension of the American presence.

Even so, the United States is certain to play a leading role in reconciliation talks. According to the Washington Post, the Obama administration has “launched a post-election push to restart moribund peace talks with the Taliban,” despite skepticism that Pakistan will cooperate. One American official told the Post, “We’d like [Pakistan] to go to the Taliban and say, ‘Hey, you guys need to go back and get talks started again. But the question continues to be whether [Pakistan] has both the willingness and the ability to do so.” Toward that end, the United States is seeking to quietly rebuild ties with Pakistan, which were strained almost to the breaking point in 2011 after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a subsequent border incident that left many Pakistan troops dead, after which Pakistan shut down transit routes for U.S. supplies into Afghanistan.

A hopeful sign that U.S.-Pakistan ties are improving is the Pentagon’s decision this month to release U.S. $688 million in military aid to Pakistan. And many in Washington hope that Senator John Kerry (D-MA), reportedly slated to become secretary of state next year, will use his close ties to Pakistan and President Karzai to nudge Islamabad and Kabul toward an Afghan accord.

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[...] have said that the most difficult decision in your tenure as Prime Minister was recommitting troops to Afghanistan. Then, in announcing an accelerated drawdown of troops stationed in Bamiyan Province last August, [...]

Paul
January 10, 2013 at 21:35

Those who say Taliban is Pashtun Nationalist please have a read through :

http://criticalppp.com/archives/229668

Kam
January 10, 2013 at 20:51

@Girish, I think Hikaru and Bharateeya both are right in their approach. Let’s come out of this blame game.
@Hikaru you have rightly substantiated your arguement with apt and evident facts.
@Matt, some questions and dynamics for your consideration as you mentioned Hakeem ullah saying that they and Afghan Taliban are same and Pak is patronising them

1. Why every other day there is a mayhem inside Pakistan staged by these Taliban
2. Pakistan has suffered a loss of 40,000 civilian and military lives and a loss of $ 168 billion to its economy with no foreseen end to this yet
3. US drones don’t target the Taliban’s terrorising inside Pakistan while killing hundreds of Al-Qaeeda and Afghan TAliban’s. Why this discrimination?
4. Whatever past was, now Pak is showing its willingness to Afghan Peace Process by fulfilling all demands of US and Afghan Govt but its capability is under question.
5. Pakistan completely shifted its security prism from Indian to Taliban and internal security phenomena recently. You may see recent Indian deployment of helicopters on Pakistan border and aggression on Line of Control right after that shift to keep it engaged on eastern border and narrow the space widening for it on Northwestern front being created by Peace Process.
6.As mentioned in the article, are some powerful stakeholders really interested in peace?

I do acknowledge the wrong policies of aiding Afghan Taliban in 90s by Pak but does the right policies of international community brought any solution to the issue of Kashmir. This injustice creates a foggy atmosphere and leads people and countries to unpopular means for pursuing their interests….

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