18 May 2022

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US retreats from Afghanistan – Signs peace with Taliban

 

Four decades of conflict have converted Afghanistan into rubble – thanks to the US-NATO coalition for introducing its version of democracy and killing thousands of Afghan children and women. Not a single Afghan family remains without a dead or maimed member.

Bin Laden and Al Qaeda moved away from their Afghan strongholds long ago before the US started testing their daisy cutter and flooded 500 billion dollars to destroy an enemy that had vacated their tents in Afghanistan and moved into other safe areas.

The US lost 2400 soldiers during its adventure in Afghanistan and after four decades sense prevailed and Trump decided to end the futile war – its election time and he wants to bring home the US army stationed there by May 2020 to enhance his appeal for voters.

The US Pakistan relations had turned sour after the US realized it was losing the war.   Pakistan was accused of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds but the scene suddenly changed and improved after Imran met Trump and both decided that the Afghan peace deal had to be signed soon in Doha.

The deal was signed by US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar with Mr Pompeo as a witness.

Pompeo urged the militant group to “keep your promises to cut ties with al-Qaeda”.

The US has been beaten and forced to retreat just like in other places of the world.  “I hope that with the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan the Afghan nation under an Islamic regime will take its relief and embark on a new prosperous life,” said Ghani Baradar.

The Afghan government which the Taliban do not recognize will have to fizzle out or negotiate with the Taliban who control 70 percent of the country. The Afghan government was conveniently kept out of the negotiation process.

The Doha peace agreement will hopefully result in the Afghan factions to agree to some sort of peace formula for running the country.

Under the agreement, the militants also agreed not to allow al-Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control.

Will Afghans enjoy peace and prosperity with a stable government. How long will the peace pact last?

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Shahzad Badar