Short-sighted Ashraf Ghani

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Sidelining Pakistan

 

In his speech he drew a very clear line of demarcation between the friends and foes of Afghanistan. He said, “The enemies of Afghanistan are those who work for foreigners including Da’ish, al Qaeda, the human killers of Haqqani network and some Afghan Taliban who take pleasure in killing their countrymen and continue the war and terrorism. There is no place for conducting talks with groups like these”

 

The Honourable president of Afghanistan, Mr Ashraf Ghani, is no doubt a leader with extra-ordinary talents and skills and a man very much respected in Pakistan, but his speech delivered on the 25th of April 2016 not only deprived him of his wide-range popularity among the people of Pakistan but also raised questions about his political sagacity and prudence. Talking to his nation at a joint session of the Afghan parliament, apparently he outlined his vision for the future of the nation’s security, but actually he invited more troubles for the already distressed Afghan nation.

In his speech he drew a very clear line of demarcation between the friends and foes of Afghanistan. He said, “The enemies of Afghanistan are those who work for foreigners including Da’ish, al Qaeda, the human killers of Haqqani network and some Afghan Taliban who take pleasure in killing their countrymen and continue the war and terrorism. There is no place for conducting talks with groups like these.” He added, “I categorically announce that we do not want Pakistan to bring Taliban to the talks but we urge Pakistan to comply with the QCG agreement and take action against those whose presence has been confirmed by our intelligence services and intelligence services of our international partners. If Pakistan feels reluctant to take military action against these criminal, then it should hand them over to our Sharia courts to punish them. Dividing the terrorists into good and bad ones could have negative repercussions.” Throughout his speech Mr Ghani kept blaming Pakistan and Taliban directly or indirectly for the destabilisation of Afghanistan. Commenting upon the QCG agreement, he referred to Pakistan, “Those who failed to deliver on their promises within the framework of these efforts are now pushed in further isolation on an international level.”

How pathetic is Ashraf Ghani’s approach towards a country which has been facing a lot of troubles because of Afghanistan’s internal state of civil war. If the politicians of Afghanistan, the ‘bold’ soldiers of Afghanistan and the ‘real friends’ of Afghanistan were so sincere and devoted to the peace and prosperity of Afghanistan, the situation would have never been so painfully agonising for the people of Afghanistan. The actual problem is that most of the rulers of Afghanistan have never been ‘indigenously’ and ‘genuinely’ from Afghanistan; unfortunately they have ever been ‘imported’ ones. Be it Hamid Karzai or Ashraf Ghani; most of the democratically elected presidents had their strings in the hands of their foreign masters. If they had really belonged to Afghanistan, they would have never blamed Pakistan for the internal warlike situation. They won’t have forgotten that Pakistan is a country taking care of more than 1.7 million Afghan refugees for the last thirty years. It is simply the climax and extreme of Ashraf Ghani’s hatred against Pakistan that he didn’t even like to include Pakistan’s name in the list of Afghanistan’s well-wishers. During his historical address to the joint session of the Afghan parliament he said talking about the terrorist attack in Kabul in April, “As you all know, the world including the Muslim nations, particularly Saudi and Islamic republic of Iran, the United Nations, the majority of Asian countries, Europe, US, China, Japan, Australia and Canada denounced the act by the terrorists. But the attack in Kabul further isolated the terrorists and their foreign backers in the world arena.” In short he mentioned the name of every Tom Dick and Harry but there was no appreciation or acknowledgement for Pakistan. It seems that this speech was written by someone from RAW who simply had just one target; blaming and defaming Pakistan.

What Pakistan must do in such a hostile atmosphere; the question arises. Can Pakistan really not survive without relations with Afghanistan? Why are we always eager to arrange and facilitate negotiations and table-talks between Afghan government and the Taliban? Why are we bearing such a huge burden of Afghan refugees when we have a lot of our own problems? Furthermore in the guise of the Afghan refugees so many agents of the RAW and NDS are simply causing a very serious loss to our society by promoting terrorist activities. Better we let our Afghan brothers live their own life and let them deal with the Taliban themselves. The day is not far when Ashraf Ghani will have to repent on his short-sightedness.

If the politicians of Afghanistan, the ‘bold’ soldiers of Afghanistan and the ‘real friends’ of Afghanistan were so sincere and devoted to the peace and prosperity of Afghanistan, the situation would have never been so painfully agonising for the people of Afghanistan