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Pakistan asks America to keep its troops in Afghanistan till stability

In a clear departure from its earlier position, Pakistan has cautioned against the US forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan without first achieving the complete peace and security in the  country. “Pakistan has been reiterating that the US forces should stay in Afghanistan till the achievement of complete peace and stability,” Foreign office spokesperson  said at the weekly briefing on October 18. “I would like to draw your attention to the chaos in the aftermath of the withdrawal of USSR [Union of Soviet Socialist Republics] in the late 1980s. The region cannot afford anything similar, at this time,” he added.  Taliban continue to call the shots. Provincial governor, Police and Intelligence chiefs  were assassinated in an attack in Kandahar province while  the top American commander in Afghanistan General Austin Miller narrowly escaped. Probably, it was an inside job.  Over thirty percent polling stations are not likely to open due to violence during October 20 parliamentary polls. On a request by the government of Afghanistan, Pakistan has decided to keep the friendship gates on Pakistan Afghanistan  border crossing points at Chaman and Torkham closed on October 19 & 20  2018 . The decision has been taken to support Afghanistan in smooth conduct of upcoming Parliamentary elections in the country. Both the crossing points will remain closed for all kinds of traffic except emergency cases.

Afghanistan is undoubtedly in a chaos, and Pakistan’s concerns about post US pullout are not unfounded. May be Pakistan is anticipating a sudden pullout by President Trump. Whatever, the people of Pakistan need to be taken into confidence over this change of stance.

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One only hopes that the present action by Indian armed forces does not escalate further. The national sentiments have been roused, trade with Pakistan has been curtailed by withdrawing the most favored nation’ status to Pakistan. As such we need to introspect, can this region afford violence over and over again? The underlying factors leading to India-Pakistan-Kashmir discord need to be tackled through a process of dialogue. The hope and prayer is that this limited strike, also being called as ‘surgical strike two’ remains just that and not no more. Imran Khan in the face of aggressive postures has offered to take action if proper evidence is given to Pakistan. He has also shown his willingness for talks. Meanwhile United Nations General Secretary has offered to mediate in the process to bring peace and amity in the region. These are the olive branches we need to grab to see that decade long problem is sorted out. India as a country direly needs to bring the issues related to development, corruption, jobs and agrarian crisis back on the table. It is resolution of these issues which will bring in peace and prosperity in the region, away from the smell of gunpowder on the soil and hate for minorities in the air.

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