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“Military effort is necessary, but not sufficient to get us to reconciliation,” Gen. Nicholson

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“Military effort is necessary, but not sufficient to get us to reconciliation,” Gen. Nicholson
 As efforts of Afghanistan government are underway for maintaining peace and stability in the country and most of the world countries are supporting the Afghan government peace plan, the Resolute Support mission commander believes it may provide the key for reconciliation and peace in the country.
Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said that military parts of President Donald Trump’s strategy are now in place and they are already making a difference. The general spoke to reporters traveling with Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The United States and coalition nations are applying diplomatic pressure to stop Pakistan from providing a safe haven for the Taliban, the general said, and are pushing for an international consensus for peace.
On the social side, there is also pressure on the Taliban. One is religious pressure in the form of an Ulema Council in Indonesia that soon will delegitimize jihad in Afghanistan.
Social pressure is also inherent in elections in Afghanistan later this year. If done credibly, the elections will lead to increased legitimacy for the government “and I believe will further delegitimize the Taliban,” Nicholson said.
Then there is military pressure, designed to keep pressure on the Taliban and give the group no space or time to plan attacks on the government and innocent civilians.
The Resolute Support mission commander believes that the South Asia Strategy has fundamentally changed the situation in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan experts believe that only military pressures on Taliban cannot bring peace in the country, but necessary military and political pressures on supporters and countries that are funding terrorist groups can help bring peace and stability in the region.
“Afghanistan has been stuck in crisis and insecurities for years as root of all violences and insecurities in the country is beyond Afghan borders. The world now knows that war in Afghanistan is not an internal war, but it has regional and world dimensions because of geopolitical position of Afghanistan,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan expert.
Kabir Ranjbar, another Afghan expert, says undoubtedly regional countries can have effective role in changes of Afghanistan because instability in Afghanistan means instability in the region and the world; therefore, any countries that are now supporting and funding terrorist groups will soon witness violence and insecurities that will be created by the terrorist groups in their countries.
“This is a clear fact that if the Taliban group does not stop violence and join peace process, further and necessary military pressures should be put on them by the international community as the group is threatening security not only in Afghanistan but also in the region and the world,” Ranjbar added.
In the meantime, officials in US embassy to Kabul while asking the Taliban to join peace process stressed that in case that the Taliban group does not join peace process, military pressures will increase on them.
It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan national unity government has this time offered a comprehensive peace plan to the Taliban group after lots of efforts made for maintaining peace in the country.