Pakistan Focus welcomes lifting of international sanctions on Iran by America led international alliance. Hopefully, it would lead towards easing of hardship of Iranian people. Pakistan Focus condemns imposition of fresh missile related sanctions by America on 11 Iranian companies on the pretext that recent missile test by Iran violated the nuclear deal parameters. Pakistan Focus expects that America would resort to fair play and would not use new sanctions to evolve a new regime to neutralize the effect of lifted sanctions. Pakistan Focus wishes Iran well in its economic main streaming and wishes Iranian people economic well being, happiness and prosperity.
President Trump is tasting the real power these days. Taliban have the military prowess to attack the places of their liking at the timing of their choosing. In the diplomacy domain, Taliban dictate the venue and agenda. And when they meet Americans, they field Guantanamo hardened Taliban negotiators to stare in the eyes of top American diplomats. Of late, peace talks between Taliban and US officials were cancelled over agenda disagreement. Senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan said “both sides have agreed to not meet.” Three meetings have already taken place between Taliban leaders and US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE took part in the last round of talks in December. Reports last month about US President Trump’s plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan has triggered uncertainty. However, Afghan peace process is in disarray.Interestingly, as an afterthought, the US has taken a step back from the earlier hype of pulling out 7,000 troops from Afghanistan. An Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) representative has declared that if Taliban insist on not meeting Afghan government delegation, then, HPC won’t participate in Saudi Arabia session of talks. With these firmly grounded irritants and posturing, Afghan peace my not just be around the corner.