By: M. W. Qasemi
Afghans need international assurance for a security and permanent stability after peace agreement is signed with Taliban.
International troops’ withdrawal and Afghan forces annihilation are not issues on which the Taliban peace negotiators are insisting to be discussed in their talks with the US as no one still trusts in them and the future they are claiming to build in joint cooperation with the Afghans politicians still in power.
Also, if peace came to Afghanistan, through the ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban, then there is a need for a third strong side to guarantee the content of the deals in the long future and assure the people of Afghanistan that they would never be witnessing bloodshed, targeted assassinations and high profile killing by the groups or other linked terrorist circles.
The US President Donald Trump has recently said that he will reduce the number of his troops from 14,000 to 8,600 after the Taliban peace negotiators persisted for complete withdrawal of the American and other NATO forces from Afghanistan in their talks with the US Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha over the past several months.
“We’re going down to 8,600 [troops] and then we’ll make a determination from there as to what happens,” Fox News, a US popular news source cited Trump as saying.
Even if the US wanted to pull out troops from Afghanistan, it will keep its presence by leaving part of its troops in the country, something making the Afghans optimistic about a stable future in their country.
He offered an assurance that the US will keep presence in Afghanistan, however he confirmed that the peace negotiators were working on troops drawdown in the country.
“We’re not fighting a war over there—we’re just policemen,” Trump said as negotiators from the US and the Taliban approaching to a final peace deal under which US forces would leave the country, when he was assured by the Taliban that Afghanistan would not return to a safe haven for other terrorist networks.
“We have to watch Afghanistan,” Trump assured.
A day earlier, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan, Nicolas Kay, also said that international forces will remain in Afghanistan even after the peace agreement signed with the Taliban peace negotiators, in order to support the Afghan national defence and security forces.
“Let me assure you very very clearly, NATO is not leaving, NATO is committed to staying and supporting Afghan national defence and security forces,” Mr. Kay said.
Not only the US, but also the entire Afghans need to be assured that Afghanistan will remain safe from the potential terrorist groups are standby, when the peace agreement is signed with the Taliban.
Since the start of the peace negotiation between the US and the Taliban, the war weary Afghans are waiting impatiently, for an end to war and the outcome of the months of negotiations between the US and the Taliban peace negotiators.
Disagreement between the US and the Taliban negotiators on a permanent ceasefire and the modality of foreign troops withdrawal from Afghanistan have prolonged talks between the two sides that enabled anti-government militants to resort to destructive activities.
Tens of people, mostly civilians, including women and children, were killed or injured, when suicide bombers from The Taliban and Deash outfits blew their explosives packed vests or conducted vehicle-born explosive ordnances in various parts of the country, particularly in the capital Kabul.
On the other hand, there is no need of interim government as we have legitimate system and any anti-government groups want to enter peace talks, they can negotiate with it.
But, the most important thing that the Afghans are waiting for, is ceasefire and both sides should initially agree on ceasefire to avoid so much killing and bloodshed.