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.