Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan and let them decide its future path. International community including Pakistan only can facilitate Afghan’s reconciliation process for sustainable peace and development.
Pakistan’s strategy of “no interference, no favorites” in Afghanistan in relation to post 2014 could be a role model for all regional and extra regional stakeholders in Afghanistan. The policy of non intervention in the internal affairs of Afghanistan will lead it towards home-grown political stability, leading to its destiny of peace and stability.
Pakistan or any other stakeholder can only continue to stick with such a worthy strategy till the time other also follow the same course. It would not be possible that Pakistan remains oblivious against any such situation in which other would mold the Afghan situation as per their national interests. It would be unacceptable for Pakistan if other countries continue to influence on Afghanistan’s internal politics.
The US-led war in Afghanistan began with Operation Enduring Freedom that was launched after a UN resolution. Now when the war in Afghanistan appears to be coming to an end, the UN is apparently out of the loop. UN still is perhaps the most suitable international platform from which to discuss and formulate an acceptable agenda for future peace in Afghanistan, and as such should be kept onboard. UN peacekeepers could play a useful role in forwarding the peace process. Moreover, future elections in Afghanistan in their presence will be considered more legitimate, free and fair.
Pakistan has vast experience related to UN peacekeeping missions, and can also be a valuable asset for any UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan in the future. Stable and sustainable peace in Afghanistan is indeed possible, if all national and international stakeholders formally sign an unconditional ceasefire agreement, followed by a formal peace agreement. Such an agreement will establish a realistic roadmap for power sharing in the country that is vital for the endurability of any proposed peace plan.
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