Afghan Peace Process: What’s next?

September 12, 2019

President Trump called off a secret meeting at David camp with Taliban and cancelled peace talks. He tweeted that “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people. I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?”

      Trump tweeted this following a deadly attack that claimed one of their soldier’s life. After 18 years of collateral damage and a after a huge loss of continued casualties. America had finally decided to break a deal with Taliban and end prolonged war that had not only cost Afghanistan but had put a dent on America’s budget as well. Trump was all set to have a secret meeting with Taliban and President of Afghanistan at Camp David. Anyhow, the negotiations to end this meaningless war that had affected the whole South Asian region are now cancelled. Meanwhile, Trump on one side cancelling the negotiations has somehow boosted Taliban’s morale as they issued a statement saying “more loss to US”. That deadly attack is followed by multiple attacks including a rocket attack near US embassy in Kabul on 9/11 anniversary claiming 16 lives. After Trump’s tweet, Taliban demanded the foreigners to leave neighborhood as well.  The problem with the negotiations was the security of Afghans. Nowhere in the peace had process ensured Afghans their security and a halt to continued Taliban attacks. Even during the peace process, Taliban have been attacking vigorously at Afghanistan army and US troops. On one on one meeting with Pakistan’s premier Imran Khan, Trump had stated that if he wanted, he could have nuked Afghanistan that was followed by a lot of criticism and had raised questions on whether he wants to negotiate or not. Trump had also thanked and lauded Pakistan’s role in bringing Taliban to the negotiation’s table and had showed affirmation on starting fresh chapter of friendly ties with Pakistan after many years of halt.

While the negotiations have been put off the table and with Taliban advancing in attacks, Pakistan is the country with much to suffer as it is the neighboring country. After 18 years of blood and gore, finally the world could see a glimpse of peace in the shape of negotiations set and mastered by Pakistan. But after the deadly attack, the negotiations have been put off the table with Pakistan much to suffer as Pakistan has been badly affected by Afghan war with more than 35000 martyred. Peace process has been derailed and now Pakistan has to draft its foreign policy to ensure protection and cover to its borders siding with Afghanistan.

The problem with the negotiations was the security of Afghans. Nowhere in the peace had process ensured Afghans their security and a halt to continued Taliban attacks. Even during the peace process, Taliban have been attacking vigorously at Afghanistan army and US troops.

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