Uncertain US-Taliban peace deal & Kashmir dispute


Abdul Rahman Malik

THE US-Taliban peace is unlikely after Donald
Trump’s Tweet that the US cancels the dialogue
process as the Taliban are not showing their restraint from conducting terrorist activities and targeting US forces and killing innocent civilians. US President Donald Trump’s aggressive statement through official tweet seems to have closed the door for any peace deal as the Taliban carry out their offensive against the US forces and targeting civilians. The peace deal was to be inked but it was cancelled at the eleventh hour following the violent Taliban attack that killed a US soldier and 12 Afghan civilians. The impatient and insensible act of Afghan Taliban cost them cancellation of peace process for the time being until they change their attitude and refrain from such activities.
The US President announced through the official Twitter account that he has cancelled the possible peace deal in the wake of tragic incident. He said that we wanted peace in Afghanistan but the Taliban after 19 years still conducting terrorist activities and killing innocent civilians and are reluctant to respecting the peace conditions. With the cancellation of possible peace deal between the Taliban and the US, the situation in Afghanistan may become grim and terrible in coming days and there are chances that the Taliban may express their anger by conducting further terrorist activities that may further escalate the situation in Afghanistan and may endanger the regional peace.
The cancellation of the peace deal may have serious repercussions on the regional peace especially for Pakistan since it was the forerunner in pursuing Taliban Groups to come on negotiating table and strike a peace deal that might have paved the way for the immediate withdrawal of US forces after 19 years. The unlikely peace deal has turned the efforts of Pakistan, Special envoy zalmay Khalid Zad and regional players such as Russia in vain as due to extreme nature of Taliban ,the peace deal failed before being stricken. President Asharaf Ghani of Afghanistan once again urged the Taliban leadership to stop these anti-state and anti-US offensive but the response from the Taliban was the mixed one. The peace deal was very favourable for both the Afghan Government and the Taliban especially for Pakistan so that it could implement the game-changing project CPEC peacefully.
The analysts and policy experts are of the view that there is a conspiracy against the deal that has affected peace deal it must be India since India has strong presence in Afghanistan to conspire against Pakistan and endanger the CPEC project. India has been using the Afghanistan soil against Pakistan and its SPY agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) carried out several terrorist and anti-state activities against Pakistan to destabilize and disintegrate it by supporting separatist groups in Balochistan and other parts of the country. There is strong evidence that India has been conspiring against Pakistan to turn the attention of the world from the grave situation in Jammu & Kashmir.
India took unilateral move on August 05 2019 when Modi’s racist and fascist Government changed the disputed status of Jammu & Kashmir through a short Presidential Order by repealing Article 370 and 35-A of Indian Constitution. Given the possible anger, resistance, protests from the Kashmiri leaders, Modi’s Government placed most of the leaders under house arrest and put other leaders in jail and imposed curfew in the Valley and banned the media and shutdown internet services out of fear that the world may view and hear the voice of innocent Kashmiris against the atrocities of Modi Government’s draconian laws in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan took the matter to UN Security Council to intervene and build pressure on India to lift curfew so that people may get food items and the ill may get medicines and treatment but India is afraid that if it lifted ban on media and Internet and lifted curfew, the Kashmiris will assemble and start protesting against Indian unilateral move. China supported Pakistan at UNSC and expressed concern that the move may trigger regional peace. Kashmir has become a nuclear flashpoint between Pakistan and India and any misadventure may trigger a nuclear war between the two neighbours that will be the last war and may engulf the entire world. PM Imran has conveyed the world that India is planning a false flag operation in Kashmir that may cause demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir.
PM Imran was offered mediation over the Kashmir dispute by US President Donald Trump during IK’s official visit to the US. Even the delegation of opposition leaders was denied entry into Jammu and Kashmir valley due to clampdown and was forcibly returned from the airport. India has crossed all the borders of treachery and barbarism in Kashmir that warrants that the UN must take immediate notice of the grave human rights violations and impose sanctions on India that may force it to hold plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and restore the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir by making the changes in Constitution as null and void. Pakistan should continue efforts to bring the Taliban to sign a peace agreement with the US so that peace may restore in Afghanistan after 19 years and the Afghan refugees may be repatriated. US President should also change his aggressive attitude and should continue talks with the Taliban so that peace agreement may be signed.
— The writer is freelance columnist, based in Sindh.

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