NUST Institute of Policy Studies organised a webinar on the prospects of peace in Afghanistan in the wake of the US exit.
Titled, “Afghanistan at Crossroads: Promise of Peace & Geopolitical Imperatives,” the webinar brought together eminent experts, veteran security analysts, think tank leaders, and scholars to discuss the challenges of establishing peace in the post-US future in Afghanistan.
Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, former Defence Secretary, stated that the US exit was motivated by the American desire to cut losses in Afghanistan.
He said that Afghanistan’s neighbours need to act with maturity and deep understanding of regional security dynamics to be able to contribute positively to normalisation in the war-torn country.
Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwardi, Professor of International Relations at the University of Peshawar, stressed the need for intra-Afghan talks to try to reach an agreement on an acceptable future governance model for Afghanistan, which both answered the concerns and resonated with the aspirations of different sections of Afghan society and polity.