End support to Taliban for peace: Afghans to Pak

Afghanistan on Monday asked Pakistan to end its "unequivocally abundant support" to Taliban.

Singapore: Afghanistan on Monday asked Pakistan to
end its "unequivocally abundant support" to Taliban to check
terrorist activities in the region that are hurting both

A top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said while
bold and open discussions have been held between Kabul and
Islamabad on the issue of tackling terrorism, Pakistan now
needs to "walk the talk".

"Both countries are suffering from losses due to
increasing terrorist activities," Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai,
an advisor on the Home Security to the President, said on
the sidelines of a workshop to discuss the Afghan transition.

He said while notable progress has been made in
strengthening the security sector in Afghanistan, it was only
in 2011 when the government`s comprehensive, population-
centric counter-insurgency operations started bearing results
and the trend started reversing.

"This is, however, a delicate progress and can reverse, if
not managed well. With the unequivocally abundant support
funnelled to them from outside the Afghan borders, insurgents
are increasingly shifting tactics focusing on high profile
targets thus rejecting any notion that they are losing the
war," he told over 100 delegates, including high ranking
diplomats and representatives from the Pakistan and Indian
High Commissions.

Other Afghan delegates too insisted that Pakistan was a
source of insurgency in their country, and any fencing of the
2,400 km of border would not help contain terrorists.

Stanekzai, who is also the chief executive officer of the
Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme, said there was
trust-deficit between the two countries which remained a major
hurdle in taking clearer action on the ground.

"Stabilising Afghanistan following NATO`s departure 2014
will not be possible unless the international community
establishes a realistic strategy for the government to respect
the rule of the law," stressed Fawzia Koofi, the Afghanistan
member of parliament and one of the 10-member Afghan delegates
at the workshop, the first of its kind to be hosted in
Southeast Asia and Singapore.

"The Taliban must stop getting military supplies from
other side of the border, namely, Pakistan," said Koofi,
expressing concern over the possibility of Taliban`s return
that, she said, would hit women the most.


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