By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
“Today we are restrained we recognize America should not fight in perpetuity of graveyard of empires, if we can Afghan forge peace and we have respect”, said Mike Pompeo US Secretary of State at the deal signing ceremony. He thanked Pakistan for all the efforts it has made for the regional peace and stability. One hopes that it would lead to the dismantling of Indian terror network in Afghanistan destabilizing security in Pakistan. No doubt that intense and successful foreign policy of Imran Khan the Prime Minister of Pakistan paved the way for this deal with Taliban.
‘If Americans have watches, we have the time’, said a Taliban Commander few years ago. The anniversary of this deal will be after four years and not bother war mongers every year. Well today is the time when in Qatar United States, a superpower running war business for over 100 years signed a deal of peace with Taliban of Afghanistan, a country they invaded, bombed, occupied for nearly 20 years. Pakistan took the heaviest brunt to this well-planned war with over $160 bullion economic and human losses of over 70000 civilians and 5000 soldiers as well as millions displaced (IDPs). US and its allies doing same thing to Turkey in Iraq and Syria i.e. damaging Turkish economy and burdening it with refugees.
Cost of US war on Afghanistan 31000 civilians 58000 security forces, 42000 opposition fighters killed, 2400 US soldiers killed and over one Trillion US Dollars.
We hold 70% of Afghanistan said Suhail Shaheen, spokesman on Taliban. He said: we have no problem with women getting education or doing work as long as they do ‘hijab’ while talking to Al-Jazeera TV. He said, ‘security in Taliban controlled areas is much better than Kabul’.
Terror sponsoring states like India and others will have a very limited role in the new Afghanistan without US and its planted puppets. Ashraf Ghani might go back to USA with his Lebanese Christian wife and other beneficiaries who profited from this war in Afghanistan.
The so-called war on terror started after the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 resulted in the killings of millions of Afghans, Pakistanis and others who have nothing to do with the US War Industry’s inside job.
The stage was set in Qatar’s capital for a landmark peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban that could end the U.S.’ longest war.
The Sheraton Hotel in Doha was teeming with foreign diplomats and dignitaries invited to witness the historic signing by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Taliban co-founder and deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Saturday.
The landmark peace deal was preceded by an agreement for week-long reduction in violence that ended on Friday.
The U.S.-Taliban deal includes pledges from Washington on a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and a vow from the Taliban not to harbor international terrorists.
The U.S. currently has upwards of 12,000 troops in Afghanistan conducting operations in support of Afghan forces, as well as a broader anti-terror mission.
The Taliban will also commit to negotiations with Afghan officials, politicians, and civil society representatives.
The Afghan government formed an initial direct contact group to start talks with the Taliban, Javaid Faisal, spokesman for the National Security Council, told Anadolu Agency.
U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg are expected to issue a joint declaration on Saturday to reiterate support for the Afghan government.
U.S President Donald Trump also issued a statement late Friday, urging the Afghan people “to seize this opportunity for peace and a new future for their country.”
He said the U.S. made “great progress in Afghanistan” in nearly 19 years “but at great cost to our brave service members, to the American taxpayers, and to the people of Afghanistan.”
“When I ran for office, I promised the American people I would begin to bring our troops home, and seek to end this war. We are making substantial progress on that promise,” Trump said.
“If the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to these commitments, we will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home … Ultimately it will be up to the people of Afghanistan to work out their future. We, therefore, urge the Afghan people to seize this opportunity for peace and a new future for their country, ‘reported al-Jazreea.
Finally, on this historic day Taliban a host in Afghanistan made peace with uninvited guest USA on the way out.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015, 2016 and 2019, Azerbaijan 2018 and 2020 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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