After US exit, Afghan Prez wants Pak ‘on board’ to avoid civil war – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Amid fears of a civil war as US and coalition forces start their full pullout from a 20-12 months war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has stated the “question of peace or hostility in the country is now in Pakistani hands”. He emphasised the necessity for a regional peace initiative and an even bigger function by Europe to “get Islamabad on board”.
“It is first and foremost a matter of getting Pakistan on board,” Ghani stated in an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel on Friday. “The US now plays only a minor role.”
About Pakistan’s affect on the Taliban, the Afghan President stated the neighbouring nation operates an organised system of assist. “The Taliban receives logistics in Pakistan, their finances are there and recruitment is there,” he stated. “The names of the various decision-making bodies of the Taliban are Quetta Shura, Miramshah Shura and Peshawar Shura (named after the Pakistani cities where they are located). There is a deep relationship with the state.”
According to Ghani, the European international locations, particularly Germany, “can do a lot” within the peace course of with the Taliban.
“Clear messages and incentives from Germany will help – and, conversely, they should introduce sanctions if the decision goes in a different direction than hoped,” he stated. “As Europeans, you should not see yourself as observers; you are a direct part of these events.”
Ghani described a future safety settlement between Afghanistan and Pakistan as the important thing to peace. He hastened to add that his objective was the neutrality of Afghanistan. “We don’t want a new protecting power, and we don’t want to be part of regional or international rivalries.”
The Afghan President stated that peace would primarily be determined upon regionally and that “we are at a crucial moment of rethinking”.
Ghani’s remarks got here a day after he met the Pakistani military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Kabul. He stated Bajwa assured him “that the restoration of the Emirate or dictatorship by the Taliban was not in anybody’s interest in the region, especially Pakistan”.
The Afghan President stated that Gen Bajwa additionally apprised him that some of the decrease ranges of the Pakistani army hierarchy nonetheless maintain the other opinion in sure instances.
President Ghani stated that in any case, “Western diplomacy should stop coddling” the Taliban.
He stated the Taliban created the setting for all current assaults, together with the one on a Kabul faculty, and that the outfit hadn’t but minimize its ties with al-Qaeda.
Ghani expressed concern in regards to the chance of a civil war within the nation in consequence of the complete withdrawal of overseas troops from Afghanistan, however reiterated that “it doesn’t have to come to that”.


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