WASHINGTON: Security and foreign policy analysts claim that Pakistan and the United States need to work jointly to ensure peaceful democratic process in Afghanistan, and the Trump administration needs to include non-security considerations in to its South Asia strategy as sending more troops on the battlefield will not make terrorism go away, security and foreign policy analysts said, analysts pointed out the increase in violence in recent weeks that posed threat to Afghanistan.
Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia program and senior associates for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and Shazar Shafqat, a counterterrorism and security analyst have put their perspective in separate articles for the online magazine The Hill.
Afghanistan has witnessed a series of attacks in recent weeks with Taliban and ISIS militants taken the country by storm, these attacks have claimed the lives of 130 people in Afganistan.
“Despite any rhetoric to the contrary, the United States and Pakistan need to collaborate with each other to ensure peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan,” wrote Mr. Shafqat, underscoring the facts on the ground that necessitate for the two countries to cooperate for a common goal of fighting terrorism.
Referring to the current position of the relationship between Pakistan and the United States, Mr. Safqat noted that the ties “is not the lowest it has ever been”, referring to the attack that killed Osama bin Laden and the NATO air strike incident at Salala that killed Pakistani troops.
Mr. Kugelam was of the view that Trump administration needs to include non-security considerations in to its South Asia strategy as sending more troops on the battlefield are unlikely to achieve desired results, adding that Washington needs to include diplomatic and economic components that will address the problems within the Afghan administration and ease the tensions that have struck the territory badly.
Kugelam said, “Without incorporating non-security considerations into Washington’s policy toolkit, those means will be insufficient and the ends unachievable. Failing to make these policy adjustments all but ensures that the relentless and resilient Taliban and ISIS will continue to inflict violence on a nation that has suffered far too much of it, and for far too long.”
Discussing the increasing violence and militants gaining more filed, analysts noted that Taliban group control 40/50 percent of Afghanistan’s nearly 400 districts, which is more than ever before.