Pakistan army chief General Bajwa and DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and Pakistan’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan Mohammad Sadia visit weaken PM Imran Khan position. Khan touted army puppet in media orbit is talking point. Exit time yet?
Naresh Kumar Sagar:
US troops withdrawal and peace process accelerates in Afghanistan key features of Pakistan chief visit by the COAS has connection with the ongoing efforts seeking a solution to the United States war in Afghanistan a conflict which has lasted nearly two decades.
US Congress with its vigil on Afghanistan security in turn to mitigate terror, peace between Taliban and Afghanistan govt is achieved as per covenant.
U.S. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said he believes Trump administration will not pull American troops from the war in Afghanistan unless intra-Afghan negotiations culminate into lasting peace in the war-weary country.
If the US leaves Afghanistan, Kinzinger said, the Taliban will use Afghanistan against the United States.
His comments echo the opinion of former US Senator Joe Lieberman and retired army general Jack Keanea who said that an American troop pullout would be tantamount to a ‘humiliating surrender’ to the enemy that has already been defeated.
On May 26th, with no timeline for pullout, US President Trump said that American troops would be “rapidly and properly” leaving Afghanistan.
Referring to the Afghan peace process, Kinzinger said he believes the process is moving on a “right path” and that the Taliban have no option but to engage in peace negotiations.
This is the first visit to Kabul by a high-ranking Pakistani official since Ghani’s second term in office began. It comes ahead of the imminent intra-Afghan talks and only two days after US President Donald Trump’s point man for Afghanistan held talks with General Bajwa to discuss the next steps for advancing the peace process that has moved slowly since the landmark deal signed between the US and Afghan Taliban on February 29.
Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa meets the head of Afghanistan’s Council for National Reconciliation Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul and Director General ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and Pakistan’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan Mohammad Sadia.
Special US Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad discussed the steps required for the start of the intra-Afghan negotiations during his meeting with Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, the American embassy in Islamabad said on Monday.
Khalilzad visited Islamabad on Sunday and held talks with Bajwa on the Afghan peace process. He is travelling to Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of efforts to bring peace in the war-torn country.
The US embassy said in a statement that in the meeting with General Bajwa, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed the steps required for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.
“The two took note of recent progress created by the Eid ceasefire and accelerated prisoner releases as well as reduced violence ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations,” it said.
This is the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Peace, Zalmay Khalilzad started a fresh round visits to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar.
Khalilzad’s new tour of the region has once again sparked hopes for the all Afghan negotiations among the people who think the talk between President Ghani’s administration and the Taliban would help the end of war and bring a durable peace to their war-hit country.