The stalled Afghan talks would have repercussion on the neighbouring countries. Today America is not at a comfortable position even after months of negotiations and coming to a dead-end. US President Donald Trump reportedly took the decision after Taliban claimed responsibility for a recent attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier. Backchannel negotiations between the US and Afghan Islamists had been going on since late last year. And in recent weeks the two sides had hinted at a framework peace deal that entailed the US effecting a partial pullout of troops and vacating three Afghan bases in exchange for Taliban’s promise to sever ties with al-Qaida and not allow Afghan soil to be used for attacks against the US and its allies. However, the talks bore the characteristics of a surrender negotiation. After all, Taliban have refused to cede an inch. They continue to reject any formal talks with the elected Afghan government and made no pretence of scaling back violence during dialogue with the American envoy. Taliban, having fought American-led forces for 18 years, are confident it is only a matter of time before the Americans leave. And Trump since last year has insisted that US military presence in Afghanistan must end. What makes Taliban so strong is Pakistan which provides the militants safe haven on its soil. This factor is also what buoys the Kashmir insurgency and may have prompted New Delhi’s decision to nullify Article 370. As long as this arrangement remains and Islamabad continues to view Afghanistan as providing strategic depth, there’s little chance that Washington will get a peace deal that enables an orderly end to the war. The US needs to crack down on Pakistan’s support for Taliban if it is to acquire a position of strength in Afghan negotiations.
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