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Pakistan’s Position in the Shifting Political Regional Alliances

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24.02.2020

The acrimony over the disputed results of the Afghan presidential election notwithstanding, there has been a consensus within Afghanistan for the “reduction in violence” plan negotiated by the US and the Taliban, which commenced at midnight Friday.

Hope has replaced despondency. President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai (who is an influential political voice) have in unison welcomed the reduction in violence plan.

Notably, Abdullah sounded conciliatory, saying “Afghans see this as a necessary steppingstone toward intra-Afghan negotiations, a permanent ceasefire and a durable settlement acceptable to our citizens. As a responsible side, we will do our utmost to facilitate, cooperate and justly resolve all outstanding issues to build consensus that engages Afghans in peace making.”

In a separate statement, Taliban also announced the signing of a peace agreement on Feb. 29. It expected “a suitable security situation” appearing between now and Feb. 29

In a separate statement, Taliban also announced the signing of a peace agreement on Feb. 29. It expected “a suitable security situation” appearing between now and Feb. 29

In a statement on February 21 titled Next Step Toward a U.S. Agreement with the Taliban, US State Department has described the talks with the Taliban as aimed at facilitating a political settlement, “reducing” the US military presence and ensuring that no terrorist group ever again operates out of Afghan soil.

The statement announced that a US-Taliban agreement is expected to be signed on Feb 29 and intra-Afghan negotiations will start “soon thereafter” to deliver a “comprehensive and permanent ceasefire” and the future political roadmap for Afghanistan. The US statement estimated that........

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