Don`t jump the gun on Afghan pullout: US expert
Washington: Instead of diving into a "pseudo" reconciliation process to justify an early pullout of troops from Afghanistan, the Obama administration must pay attention on the fact that Taliban will use any negotiations to strengthen their hold in the country, an eminent US expert has said.
The building blocks for genuine peace and stability in Afghanistan are simply not yet in place, said Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation.
"The recent leaked NATO report, combined with findings from a recent intelligence estimate on Afghanistan that conclude the Taliban have little interest in peace talks, should cause the Obama administration to think twice when considering concessions to the Taliban," said Curtis.
These reports reveal that the situation is not yet ripe for genuine reconciliation, and the administration would be jumping the gun if it releases senior Taliban prisoners at this juncture, she said.
"US intelligence officials acknowledged in congressional hearings yesterday that the US may release five top Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as an incentive to bring the Taliban leadership to talks," Curtis said.
In a secret NATO report recently leaked to the British media, Taliban insurgents told their interrogators that they are increasingly confident that the Taliban will retake power once NATO forces depart Afghanistan, and that Pakistan is positioning itself for such an outcome, she said.
NATO officials have sought to downplay the report`s contents, emphasising that it represents uncorroborated pieces of information, not an overall analysis of the military situation.
"Still, the contents of the report should give pause to those who are pushing for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.”
"There are well-founded concerns that the Taliban are uninterested in genuine peace talks and will try to string the US along in talks that would simply allow them to play for time and obtain release of their prisoners," Curtis said.
"The US must guard against the possibility that the Taliban will use any negotiations to strengthen their influence in Afghanistan without breaking ties to international terrorist groups or giving up their goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate," she said.
"Although Pakistan claims it is not interfering in Afghanistan`s affairs, there have been no indications that Pakistan has cracked down on Taliban sanctuaries on its side of the border," Curtis said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Zee Media exclusive chat with 'Welcome to Karachi' cast
- Reservation issue: Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others
- Zee Media exclusive interview with Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
- UP Minister allegedly threatens, abuses Gonda businessman
- Manali: Heavy corruption found in environmental taxes
- UP: Jammu-bound Muri Express derails in Kaushambi
- Five unmanned parachutes spotted over Mumbai airport
- Aapke Sitare: Astro prediction for May 24, 2015
- Watch: Fast N Facts @ 7:30pm
- Dawood's intercepted phone calls prove yet again he is in Pakistan
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man?
- Jaipur girl Mini Rajpal wins Miss India Deaf 2015!
- CBSE Board Class 12th Exam Results 2015 declared
- Mumbai architecture creates double decker bus from scrap!
- One year of Modi govt: How satisfied is the common man? Part-2
- IPL 2015 Final: MI vs CSK - As it happened...
- Heatwave continues in North India; death toll in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana more than 400
- IPL 2015 final: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to lift second title
- Heatwave claims over 550 lives so far, Delhi saw hottest day
- Check cbseresults.nic.in for CBSE Class 12 result 2015
- Mathura rally: PM Modi slams 'corrupt' UPA regime, lauds NDA govt's efforts in past one year
- CBSE Class 12 results out: Here's how you can check
- PM Narendra Modi's Mathura rally: As it happened
- Check WBBSE (wbresults.nic.in) Class 12th Results: West Bengal Board (wbscvet.org) Higher Secondary Class XII Vocational Results to be declared today at 4 PM
- Police register case against Bainsla, 20 others as Gujjar agitation continues
- CBSE Board 12th XII Results 2015: Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic.in Class 12th XII Exam Results 2015 to be announced today at 12 Noon