Pakistan, and Afghanistan’s new government


Pakistan seems to be pleased with the future of their Afghani neighbors’ national unity government. Pakistan believes that it is a good beginning for promoting reconciliation within the war-torn country. Islamabad is ready to help Kabul in any way towards the peace process. The once tumultuous relations, however, further deteriorated in President Hamid Karzai’s last months in office. Especially when he publicly accused Pakistan’s spy agency, the ISI, of helping the Taliban, and other groups, to charge the violence. Pakistan “fired” back by saying that the Afghans had let anti-Pakistani militants take refuge on the Afghan side of the border to launch attacks on Pakistani military outposts. However, the story seems to have changed a bit with new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Positive talks have apparently gone down between Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on national security and foreign affairs, and Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan Chief Executive. First of all, it is a good start that the government was democratically elected and it is even better that the majority Pashtun and minority Tajik populations are represented in it. The focus has to turn to dealing with the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami militant groups, though, whom are both waging war against Afghan and NATO forces. Kabul believes that the Taliban has key leaders and commanders hiding in Pakistan. Basically, both want the other to control situations they obviously have no power to control. And if they have the power to control it, they are choosing the short-term economic benefits instead. Hopefully the bilateral relations improve. So far, the Afghan ambassador says that the new government is seeking cooperation and coordination from Pakistan to improve the stability of the border. If you want to know more, then visit Voice of America.

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