US seeks face saving exit in the longest war of American history
ISLAMABAD - Donald Trump would like to end the longest war that America has ever fought in Afghanistan before next US presidential elections and become a hero in American history.
Pakistan should capitalize the ongoing peace dialogue between US and Afghan Taliban and should play a vital role in this regard as well.
Pakistan has the highest stakes in peace and stability in Afghanistan. It is an opportunity for Pakistan to play a leading role in making the peace dialogue successful.
The Afghan government should also involve influential personalities who have contacts with the Taliban rather than looking towards other countries.
The United States engaged in direct negotiations with the Taliban which is very welcoming. Pakistan has always supported Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
It is a good development that United States has agreed to withdraw from Afghanistan within 18 months. Afghan Taliban, being the major stakeholder, could establish a joint government in Afghanistan. None of the countries want any insurgency and just want peace and stability in the region.
The government of Pakistan and Afghanistan should be on one page regarding the elimination of terrorism with the mutual consensus.
Russia thinks that its sovereignty is also in danger with the presence of United States, Daesh and other militant organizations in Afghanistan. United States must have realized that withdrawal from Afghanistan is in their interest but it must have realized this fact after its defeat in Vietnam.