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‘Pakistan won’t become US base after troop withdrawal from Afghanistan’

Pakistan President Arif Alvi says Islamabad wants peace in Afghanistan

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
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Posted: Apr 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 weeks ago
‘Pakistan won’t become US base after troop withdrawal from Afghanistan’

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Pakistan President Arif Alvi made it clear on Thursday that his country won’t become “a base of US action in Afghanistan” after withdrawal of its troops from the neighbouring country in September. “I am not aware and I don’t think Pakistan will be in a position to offer that,” President Alvi said in an interview with VoA. In his April 13 speech, President Joe Biden said the US would “reorganize our counterterrorism capabilities and the substantial assets in the region to prevent reemergence of terrorists – of the threat to our homeland from over the horizon”. He announced that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin from May 1 and it would be completed by September 11. Pakistan reportedly provided bases to the US to operate drones at one time, but President Alvi said he was not aware of any such request from Washington. “It’s a hypothetical question,” he said. He didn’t think that the US needed any “increased intelligence presence or a bigger footprint in Pakistan” after withdrawal of its troops. “I think we should be careful in ensuring the fact that Pakistan doesn’t become a base of US action in Afghanistan of any sort,” President Alvi said. Related: US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September: official He went on to say that Pakistan would help Afghanistan rebuild itself, adding that Islamabad would not want intra-Afghan talks to fail. “Pakistan wants to encourage the people of Afghanistan to come to a solution,” the president said. Islamabad has been using its “influence” to encourage Taliban to come to a peaceful solution, he said. “We want peace in Afghanistan,” the Pakistan president said. But, he said, Pakistan’s arch-rival India was playing a “negative role” in the Afghan peace process. “It has never accepted the Doha talks, it has never encouraged the Doha talks,” President Alvi said of New Delhi. He said he suspected that India would continue to operate in that manner.
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Pakistan President Arif Alvi made it clear on Thursday that his country won’t become “a base of US action in Afghanistan” after withdrawal of its troops from the neighbouring country in September.

“I am not aware and I don’t think Pakistan will be in a position to offer that,” President Alvi said in an interview with VoA.

In his April 13 speech, President Joe Biden said the US would “reorganize our counterterrorism capabilities and the substantial assets in the region to prevent reemergence of terrorists – of the threat to our homeland from over the horizon”. He announced that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin from May 1 and it would be completed by September 11.

Pakistan reportedly provided bases to the US to operate drones at one time, but President Alvi said he was not aware of any such request from Washington. “It’s a hypothetical question,” he said.

He didn’t think that the US needed any “increased intelligence presence or a bigger footprint in Pakistan” after withdrawal of its troops.

“I think we should be careful in ensuring the fact that Pakistan doesn’t become a base of US action in Afghanistan of any sort,” President Alvi said.

Related: US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September: official

He went on to say that Pakistan would help Afghanistan rebuild itself, adding that Islamabad would not want intra-Afghan talks to fail.

“Pakistan wants to encourage the people of Afghanistan to come to a solution,” the president said. Islamabad has been using its “influence” to encourage Taliban to come to a peaceful solution, he said.

“We want peace in Afghanistan,” the Pakistan president said.

But, he said, Pakistan’s arch-rival India was playing a “negative role” in the Afghan peace process.

“It has never accepted the Doha talks, it has never encouraged the Doha talks,” President Alvi said of New Delhi.

He said he suspected that India would continue to operate in that manner.

 
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  1. Akram Niazi  April 23, 2021 12:39 am/ Reply

    “Peace and Stabilization of Afghanistan.”

    The only solution to the present problem of instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan is in the Union of these two countries based on principles of Democracy and Federalism.

    In history, Durani Empire was composed of all the areas in which today’s Pakistan and Afghanistan are located, and during the Mughal Empire together they were a single country. In the initial period of the British Empire, they were also the same country.

    Union of both countries will make the single government more responsible in stabilizing this region and in satisfying the nationalistic pride of its inhabitants. People will be able to serve humanity as other large nations of the world do. Otherwise, this region will always remain a nuisance for the world. It destroyed Soviet Union. It may also take down the western world, which will be a great blow to the development of Science and Technology, especially Medical science.
    Advantages to the world:
    Control of terrorism:
    Instability in this region is causing great damage to humanity. Soldiers of many countries are sacrificing their lives just to eliminate terrorists from these countries. In the presence of a unified government, it will be easier to control terrorists.
    Control of extremism:
    As a unified nation composed of multiethnic groups such as the Punjabis, Sindhis, Baluchis, Pashtuns, Urdu speakers, Tajiks, Persians and Hazaras, and as a multisectarian society such as Sunni and Shiites, it will become impossible for any ethnic group or religious sect to find any future in extremism.
    Stabilization of the region:
    Although it is now that the problems of this region have gained attention, it has suffered from instability for a long time. People here are finding no hope, no future for themselves, partly because of interference from foreign countries, such as the British Empire, Soviet Union, USA, China and India. When they were unified under the Durani Empire, the region was stable. The same was the case during the Mughal Empire.
    By creating a unified state of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a sense of satisfaction, pride and respect of having a national state will be achieved. That might lead to normalization of relations with the rest of the world and stability.
    Solution to economic problems
    At present, both countries are burdens on others, and pose barriers in exploring the resources of Central Asia by the world. After stabilization, it will be useful not only for Central Asia and for the World, but also for the new unified nation itself.
    Advantages to Pakistan:
    It was the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, the Founder of Pakistan, to unify the regions of West Pakistan, Afghanistan, East Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. The A in Pakistan was meant to stand for “Afghania/Afghanistan”. This goal probably needs time. It took many centuries for Europeans to realize that they shared a common goal.
    • By unification with Afghanistan, areas, which are included in Pakistan, will stabilize, and migration of people from disturbed areas will stop.
    • Smuggling of weapons across the borders will end, and Law and Order will be established.
    • Similarly, illicit drug trade will be minimized.
    • Whole areas of Pukhtoons (Pashtuns) speaking population will unify, and that will help the development of culture and language of that group which is now divided in two nations.
    • Expenses for Security measures on the borders will be minimal. The resultant balance can be used for the welfare of people.
    • Interference of other nations in this region will subside.
    • Due to unique historical importance for Buddhists and Hindus, tourism industry will flourish and business activity in the region will increase.
    Advantages to Afghanistan:
    • Through unification, Afghanistan will cease to be a land locked country. The union will promote freedom of people of Afghanistan to travel and engage in economic activity,
    • Extremism and terrorism will come to and end, as the people will become more engaged and involved in adjusting themselves in the new union. Utilization of raw products of Afghanistan will increase.
    • Security and military expenses will minimize.
    • Doors to Pakistan will open to Afghanis who look for jobs in Pakistan.
    • Shortage of food products in Afghanistan will decrease and it will increase the utilization of raw products of Afghanistan.
    • Linking Central Asia via Afghanistan to the rest of the world will generate extraordinary development.
    Based on above observations, suggestions and predictions, it is clear that unification of Pakistan and Afghanistan will be fruitful for everyone in the region and for the world at large.
    Mr. M. Akram Khan Niazi.

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