President Ashraf Ghani’s recent speech at the “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities” in Uzbekistan in which he criticized Pakistan for what he called support to the Taliban has sparked widespread reactions from analysts in the country some of whom say it will affect the peace efforts.
Some analysts believe that in the view of Pakistan’s strong influence and leverage on the Taliban, it would be appropriate to deal with Pakistan through dialogue to end the prevailing conflict in the country while some others have hailed Ghani’s position and say that Pakistan had never been a trusted partner when it comes towards efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan so far has failed to cooperate with generosity and truthfulness because Pakistan is in pursuit of its own interests in terms of cooperation, therefore it will not allow Afghanistan to move towards security and peace unless it determines its interests there,” said MP Ibdalullah Mohammadi.
“We must consult the UN, US, UK and all those countries who are the permanent members of the UN, the Afghan conflict must be resolved in an international level,” said political analyst Hekmatullah Shahbaz.
Ordinary Afghans believe that mounting international pressure on Pakistan is the only way to convince Islamabad to endorse peace in Afghanistan.
“It will be good if leaders from both countries work together for peace in Afghanistan,” said Naseer Ahmad Naseri, a resident of Kabul.
In his speech on Friday, Ghani called on the neighboring country to use its influence for peace and cessation of hostilities in Afghanistan.
“Intelligence estimates indicate the influx of over 10,000 jihadi fighters from Pakistan and other places in the last month, as well as, support from their affiliates and the transnational terrorist organizations,” President Ghani said at the summit named “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities.”
At the same event, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran rejected Ghani’s remarks by saying that Islamabad was never against the ongoing instability in Afghanistan.
Khan said that Pakistan has contributed massively than any other nation when it comes to a political settlement in Afghanistan.
“Let me to say that the country that is going to be most affected by turmoil in Afghanistan is Pakistan. Pakistan suffered 70,000 people dead in the last 15 years,” Khan said. “I can assure you that no country has tried harder to get Taliban on the dialogue table than Pakistan."
Over the past two decades, authorities in Afghanistan have often complained about Pakistan’s controversial role in the peace process in Afghanistan, something Islamabad has dismissed as baseless.