Barrage of rocket fire hits central Kabul

Cheryl Sanders
November 21, 2020

The two sides have listened each others with patience and agreed for evolving a strategy aimed at strengthening of bilateral relations.

It may be recalled that on September 25 of this year, President Ghani had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and invited him to visit Kabul.

The mortar barrage comes as representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban continued to hold talks in Qatar, though progress has been slow.

"A comprehensive political settlement for an enduring peace within the framework of our values, our Constitution in the Islamic Republic, is the way to the future".

Pakistan's role in all this will be significant. But he stressed his concern that "despite the talks in Qatar, the level of violence is rising". "India remains committed to working with the global community towards achieving this shared objective", he said. Except a few, majority of religious clerics, seminaries and its million of students are proud on their love for Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, especially with Haqqani networks, claiming responsibility for nearly violent acts taking place throughout Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, the outgoing Trump administration announced plans to withdraw 2,000 troops from Afghanistan by mid-January. "The future which we seek should have a place for every Afghan and should have space for everyone's aspiration".

The Taliban for their part point out that the talks in Afghanistan were held with the U.S. and commitments made to them, not to the Afghan government, which is not recognized by the Taliban.

Pakistan has been applauded by both the United States and Afghanistan for its role in getting the Taliban to the peace table.

No one is doubtful about sincerity of Prime Minister Imran Khan for having cordial and friendly terms with neighbouring Afghanistan but it is a fact that certain internal state organs and foreign friends are thinking on different lines. It was a turning point for the uneasy neighbours from a relationship marked by suspicion and hostility to one seeking peace in the region.

Recent big attacks in Kabul, including two horrific assaults on educational institutions that killed almost 50 people in recent weeks, follow a familiar pattern in the aftermath, with the Taliban denying any involvement while the Afghan government pins the blame on them or their proxies. The insurgents, who hosted Osama bin Laden and al Qaida until their regime was toppled by the 2001 US-led invasion, now have control over half of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been strategically important to both India and Pakistan. The Taliban have mostly ignored such previous requests.

Pandey has observed that Pakistan wants a government in Afghanistan that is pro-Pakistan and anti-India but has failed to convince Afghan leadership to opt for such measures.

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