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Kabul’s growing frustration

THE decision of the Afghan Government to recall its Ambassador from Islamabad in protest against reported remarks of Prime Minister Imran Khan about the need for formation of an interim government in the neighbouring country is reflective of the growing frustration of Kabul which feels somewhat isolated in moves aimed at finding a peaceful resolution of the longstanding conflict. Premier Imran had told journalists on Monday that forming an interim Afghan government would smoothen peace talks between the United States and Taliban officials since the militant group refuses to speak to the current government.
There is no doubt that like every other sovereign country, Afghanistan too has a right to decide about its future and this is for Afghans to make a choice for the purpose. Pakistan has every respect for the sovereignty of the neighbouring country and Islamabad has all along been emphasizing the need for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. This stance is a confirmation of Pakistan’s sincerity that Afghan people should be given complete freedom of choice to decide about their future. Pakistan has always maintained that it can only facilitate that process and requests for the purpose have repeatedly been made both by the Afghan Government and the United States. What Prime Minister Imran Khan reportedly said was not aimed at interference in the internal affairs of that country but an honest opinion motivated by the desire of Pakistan to help remove hurdles in the way of peace process and find an early solution of the lingering crisis that threatens regional peace, stability and prospects for economic development. It is a fact that Taliban consider Afghan Government a puppet in the hands of the United States and that is why they are holding negotiations directly with Washington and are not willing to talk to the Afghan government. It is also known to all that elections in Afghanistan were not credible and a sizeable population was left out in the electoral process. What is harm in the formation of an interim Government if this can help restore peace to Afghanistan? Why to oppose saner proposals aimed at finding an amicable solution of the conflict? All parties in Afghanistan need to shun self-serving approaches and demonstrate flexibility for the greater good of the country.