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World’s ‘insincerity’ prolonged Afghan war: experts

World’s ‘insincerity’ prolonged Afghan war: experts

Sep 11, 2017 - 19:16

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the Unites States, positive things started happening in Afghanistaninfo-icon, but the situation again started worsening as the time went on, with today’s Afghanistan facing multiple challenges, experts say.

Around 3,000 people were killed in the Al Qaeda-claimed terrorist attacks on the Worldinfo-icon Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC.

The Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda group claimed responsibility for the attacks and the US asked the Talibaninfo-icon to hand it over the group founder, Osama Bin Ladin.

However, the Taliban refused to meet the US demand of handing over Osama and the US and its allies then attacked Afghanistan to oust the Taliban from power.

Some experts believe the US did not honor its pledges with Afghanistan in years that follow the invasion.

Qazi Hassan Haqyar, a political affairs expert, said the establishment of the interim government led by President Hamid Karzai helped Afghanistan come out of isolation.

He said after the 9/11, Afghanistan’s diplomatic relation with foreign countries restored and the flow of international assistance started.

“During initial years, the US and western allies promised that they would help Afghanistan in achieving a durable peace, economic development, fight against drugs, terrorism, but the international community did not honor its promises and the situation turned different,” he said.

He said regional players had interests in continuation of the war Afghanistan and the US wanted to be present in Afghanistan to have greater control over Asia.

He said there had been peace during the Taliban government, when growing poppy was prohibited and there was no administrative corruption.

Ahmad Bashir Bezan, another expert, said the end of Afghanistan isolation after the Taliban government, the establishment of diplomatic ties with foreign countries and international assistance to Afghanistan were some positive things that happened in post 9/11 era.

He, however, said foreign forces have been in Afghanistan over the past 16-year, but insecurity continued to increase and the Taliban becoming stronger. In addition, more drug trafficking happened and administrative corruption had reached at its peak.

Bezan said some countries in the region and the world saw their interest in the continuation of war in Afghanistan and therefore they did not act over their commitments.

Both the experts believed the international community should sincerely play its role in eradication of terrorism if they wanted Afghanistan to be stable and the war to end.


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