Yet another outrageous allegation is leveled against Pakistan from Kabul following the rising death toll, so far more than 150.
Masoom Stanikzai, Afghan official chief, holds Pakistan responsible, for Saturday’s attack. The official accused Pakistan for exacting revenge in response to the tightened Trump administration moves to handle Taliban and Haqqani network. According to the Stanikzai: “Pakistan is behind these attacks, and it’s a fact that nobody can deny,”
It’s outrageous but not new.
If we scratch our memories, the Kabul attack of 31 May 2017 resulted in the same allegation by putting the blame on Haqqani Network allegedly active in Pakistan. Despite admitting its intelligence failure, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), prompted to articulate without hesitation in an official narrative in 2017:
“These terrorists once again proved they don’t represent any religion and they only carry out such coward attacks to please their Pakistani masters which is against all Islamic and human rights principals [sic],”
But this blame never helped the crippling and internally deteriorating Afghan government. Ashraf Ghani and his cronies will definitely have to face the music with small-town power brokers defying the capital highhandedness.
In an statement to The Guardian, Najib Mahmood; an Afghan university professorsaid:
This analysis of the Afghan professor can be validated by data reported in both US and UN reports.
For example, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction mentions that “the Taliban’s territorial control is mounting and resulting in significant casualties on Afghan security forces. According to an estimate, only 56.8% out of 407 districts are under government control. The lowest number since the data collection by US agency.
In a special report on the Strategic Review of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, it is clearly stated that “More than 60 per cent of the Government’s budget is financed by foreign donors, and despite immense resources spent on institution-building, at moments of crisis Afghan institutions are at times perceived to be insufficiently effective at mediating between powerful interests and factions that retain autonomous capacities for violence.”
How meaningless Kabul blames turn out to be in the light of these reports.
Afghan security and diplomatic official will be more at peace with the reality if they focus on the report which reads: “Peace negotiations between the Government and the armed opposition, including direct peace talks with the Taliban, are the only alternative for ending the drawn-out bloody armed conflict in Afghanistan.”
Going a little deeper into our memory, 19 April 2016, Afghan Taliban purportedly blamed Pakistan for the terror attack which killed 64 people and left 347 injured.
Its typical of their thankless mannerism.
But they can do better to improve the security of their people if they learn to concentrate on what is going on inside their homeland. Terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are growing because of the internal rifts and of the extending networks of terrorists born and bred there. They can hit anywhere and anyone. If Kabul is not save, they need to probe deep if the security of other areas has also been compromised or not. The government officials differ publicly on their opinion of security strategy. And above all, the corruption factor is complicating the situation.
Another important voice in this context is that of Zalmay Khalilzad, former US ambassador to Afghan, to resolve the internal conflicts. His statement reads:
The deadly terrorist attack in #Afghanistan should lead Atta Noor and the Unity Government to immediately come together and resolve their differences. Fighting terrorism and protecting the people is job one. I hope they rise to the occasion. @RealDonaldTrump
— Zalmay Khalilzad (@realZalmayMK) January 27, 2018
Its important to stay focused instead of being drifting away and blaming the neighbors—neighbors who provided home to millions of refugees.
Afghanistan can do better if it learns to remember and be grateful to Pakistan for courteously hosting millions of its refugees over the past four decades. Regardless of its economic strains and security issues, Pakistan entertained Afghan on pure humanitarian grounds. It is important to note here Pakistan is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention concerning the status of refugees, which necessitates for the assimilation and naturalization of the refugees.
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan, in the past few decades, have suffered from a cancerous growth in the Afghan-Pak relationship. It grew exceptionally stressed in the past few years because thousands of Afghan refugees; almost 60 thousand, were repatriated back to Afghanistan. People who blame and perpetually make efforts to tarnish the image of Pakistan from Kabul, in particular, are forgetful of the the fact that this is the nation which took up the responsibility of families in the times of its own struggles and when no one else did.
What worsens the situation and festers the diplomatic ties between the two is when Pakistan, despite all its efforts to eradicate and uproot terrorism is blamed to aid and provide sanctuaries to terrorist. Pakistan shall not act as a scapegoat in the face of such blames. Pakistan, suffered more causalities in terror attacks than any other country.
Its time for Kabul to introspect instead of rebuffing Pakistan. It is easy to blame but pointless.