WHO on earth could visualize the re-emergence of Taliban in Afghanistan? Even the United States which ruled this war-torn country for two decades, miscalculated the repercussions of its forces’ withdrawal.
The US should accept its failure open heartedly instead of throwing dust over the puppet government of Ashraf Ghani who fled the country like a thief overnight. Moreover, it should give its seal of approval to the Taliban government in Afghanistan because it has transmitted the power with mutual understanding as per Doha Accord.
After an absolute failure in Afghanistan, the US has lost its charm in Central Asia and, above all, it would cost disastrous effects on its overall reputation in the world.
The first result comes out with the statement of Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace suggesting that the US is no longer a superpower.
Talking to Spectator magazine, he, in comments alluding to the US and its withdrawal from Afghanistan, said, “But a superpower that is also not prepared to stick at something isn’t probably a superpower either. It is certainly not a global force, it’s just a big power.”
The ultimate powers – China and Russia – have welcomed the change in Afghanistan and they hope that the upcoming Taliban Administration would normalize the situation soon and take the country to new heights of glory and prosperity in collaboration with all ranks of people of the society.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a televised press conference with German Chancellor Angela Markel in the Kremlin on Friday, August 20, said the world should not impose its values on Afghanistan and accept the reality that Taliban has taken control of most of the country.
Criticizing irresponsible statements of imposing outside values on a war-torn country, he said, “You cannot impose the standards of political life and behaviour on other people from outside.
Eulogizing the constructive role in promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, in an interview with CGTN Television on Thursday, August 19, invited China to further contribute in the revival of the country.
He said, “China is a big country with a huge economy, it can play a significant role in rebuilding, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Afghanistan.”
Talking to reporters on Monday, August 16, after Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying, said China is ready to further deepen the cordial relations with Afghanistan.
She said, “Taliban have repeatedly expressed their desire to develop good relations with China, and they look forward to China’s participation in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
“We welcome this. China respect the right of Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny and is willing to continue to develop friendly and cooperative relations with Afghanistan.”
This is the reason that the change of command in Afghanistan would usher in a “new world order” besides a “new era of peace and prosperity” in the region, say defence analysts while analyzing the evolving situation in Afghanistan and its far-sighted impacts on the globe.
According to them, the amnesty for each and every individual, to assure women their due rights in the light of divine injunctions and free hand to media under its code of ethics have portrayed a soft image of the past hardliner Taliban in the comity of nations.
Addressing his maiden presser on Tuesday, August 17, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid categorically stated that they will not allow their territory to be used for subversive activities against any other country.
This historic communique has frustrated especially the Indian fascist government of Narendra Modi which was using Afghanistan’s soil in collusion with Ashraf Ghani’s regime against Pakistan.
As per international reports, the Indian spy agency — Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) – was operating its media cell from Afghanistan to create disharmony and mess in Pakistan.
In addition, it was conducting terrorist activities in Pakistan via Afghanistan to disrupt the ongoing development projects being executed under the flagship programme of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The recent attacks on Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects in Pakistan were carried out by RAW and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) to create chill into the relations of the two strategic partners, but failed in their nefarious designs like past misadventures.
The recent hullabaloo in Afghanistan’s political and social set-up is temporary because after returning to normalcy, it would be a land of opportunities due to its geostrategic location on the globe.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, it is playing its part with all sincerity as it wants an exclusive “Afghan-owned” and “Afghan-led” government for long lasting peace and stability in the whole region.
—The writer is contributing columnist, based in Islamabad.
Source: Published in pakobsever on 10th September 2021