Move Over, the Tolerance -Oriented Policy toward Pakistan

December 6, 2017 – Editorial – Translated by Ezzatullah Mehrdad

It seems that the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. has become gloomy. The U.S. officials use every opportunity to reveal Pakistani army-the terrorist groups’ relations. Pakistani media reported that the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was not warmly welcomed. Chief of Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) has made systematic leak. The foreign minister of Pakistan announced that the country would soon finalize agreement between Islamabad and Washington. Verbally, Pakistan does not move back to accept the U.S.’s demands.

The situation has led the region to making once again blocks and Pakistan is moving away from the U.S. The beneficiary rivals of the U.S. have also come to the game. But apparently the U.S. has reached a stage where the U.S. sees no longer the U.S.’s tolerance-oriented policy works out. Taking a close look at the U.S. officials’ speeches, it’s obvious the U.S. accepted risks of ending the friendship with Pakistan.  

This is what exactly Afghanistan wanted to see. Both the former president Hamid Karzia and the President Ashraf Ghani’s stance clearly say without end of strategic support of Pakistan for the Taliban group the Afghan war would not be ended. The International Community backed-political solution to the war heavily depends on the end of Pakistan’s support for the Taliban group. For the obvious reason, as long as the Taliban group has the support of Pakistan, the group would see no reason to come to negotiate table.

In addition, the political solution only works when Pakistan stops supporting the Taliban group. The Pakistan army multi-times negotiated with Kabul over the issue in the past. Now, Pakistani Generals once again knock the door of negotiation rooms to reduce pressure that the U.S. has put on Pakistan. But Pakistan’s negotiations are all about betraying the U.S. officials and Kabuli politicians. Pakistanis seek benefits in Afghanistan, while they do not mind stop supporting the Taliban group.

The international community has also to move away from the tolerance-oriented policy toward Pakistan. The move would costs, but there is no other option on the table. The prolonged tolerance-oriented policy toward Pakistan has changed nothing in the Afghan war. But what make difference is ending of Pakistan’s support for the Taliban group. The U.S. has to push Pakistan to end support for the Taliban group, whatever it takes.  

Afghanistan with a modern state threats Pakistan in no way. If Pakistan has concerns, the country must share the concerns with Kabul by respecting Afghanistan as independent state. Pakistan’s supports for the Taliban group with the justification of meeting security concerns make no sense. If Pakistan stop pursuing anti-Afghanistan agendas and put an end to the Afghan war, there would be a balance within Afghanistan’s relationship with the both neighbor counties, Pakistan and India. Also, the historical conflict and controversial Durand line between Pakistan and Afghanistan is solvable through regional integration. For Multi-times, Afghan leaders tried to address the issue, but Pakistani military General blocked ways to deal with the disagreement over Durand line.                                                                  

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