From the Afghan spectacle, General Raheel Sharif’s visit to Afghanistan was an attempt to paint Afghanistan the culprit behind Pakistan’s internal mess. It is one thing that President Ashraf Ghani gives concession to Pakistan government and extends cooperation to fight what he has been calling the common enemy i.e. terrorism. But it is quite another for him or for other Afghans to forget that it has been Pakistan that kept the fire of Jihad burning long after the Soviets and the US had left the region. Neither can they ignore the fact that Pakistan closed its eye on the takeover of its tribal area by the Al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorists. The magnanimity shown by the Afghan government to eliminate TTP form Kunar is worth appreciating and should be reciprocated in the same coin.
Can we influence Mullah Omer to return to Afghanistan and rein in the Taliban? The infamous Quetta Shura cannot have survived without Pakistan’s patronage, therefore we need to stop playing ostrich, and prove that we are serious by finding solution to the Afghan conflict, wherein lie our own salvage. *