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2017-10-10 10:56:02

An inevitable visit: Why Pakistan and Afghanistan should drive US out of the region?

 

In a new sign of thaw in the frosty relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani is likely to visit Islamabad in the “near future”, Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reported on Saturday.

 

The invitiation to visit Pakistan was given by the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Baja who made a recent trip to Afghanistan.

 

This is the first time that he has accepted such an invitation. Given the tentative but decidedly positive changes to the AF-Pak relationship we don’t quite know who we should feel sorrier for: Mr Trump or Mr Sharif. For neither is really in a position to take credit for recent developments. However much each might be straining at the leash to do just that.

 

 

As for the former, he shouldn’t be fooled by Ghani’s public praise of him and his pledge to remain indefinitely in Afghanistan. For the Afghan president also told the BBC that he had the “worst job on Earth”. Now before a certain unquiet American takes this to be an indictment of Pakistan’s role in the region — let us say that is a brutally honest verdict on the 16 years of US warfare in that country. Not that we seek to speak for Mr Ghani. We are simply pointing this out because we know how strong Trump’s aversion to fake news is.

 

And given that we do understand this, we would also like to offer the US President a word or two of caution: don’t believe the hype. Meaning that which is coming from certain military analysts who insist that four years to have NATO exit Afghanistan is rather too optimistic.

 

 For while it may serve to buoy you up in terms of White Saviour Complex — just think of how much more American coffers this will gobble up. And also recognise that President Ghani, in offering you a timetabled exit strategy, has just offered to write your legacy for you. As the American president who got his country out of the Afghan quagmire.

 

pk.shafaqna.com

 

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