John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar) says that administrative corruption, narcotics and Daesh are the three biggest challenges faced by Afghanistan.
Talking to the US C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), Sopko said that even if the Afghan government makes a peace deal with the Taliban, it will have to face with the above-mentioned challenges.
“There are thirty some terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, so even if you negotiate with the Taliban, you still have to deal with ISIS. The other some of the risk with talk about is you still have a problem of corruption, you still have a problem of narcotics. It is the largest producer of heroin in the world,” Sopko said.
Talking about the Afghan peace process, Sopko said if a peace deal is reached, integration of the Taliban in the society will take time and money.
Sopko said the international community will stop their support to Afghanistan if the Taliban in a possible post-peace government turns back to their past and repeat the same treatments with the women as they did during their regime.
“We also have to deal with the issue of how the Taliban are gonna treat women. That was a key goal of us in the coalition to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan,” Sopko added.
He said Washington has spent $132 billion in the last 18 years in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, but the goals for which the money were spent have not been achieved.
Sopko’s remarks came amid the US and Taliban members have held sixth rounds of talks to find a political settlment to the Afghan conflict.