a. The fresh policy and onslaught against Pakistan has resulted in harsh protests at various levels alongside critical statements emerging from state officials, which is not a good omen keeping in view the already fractured relations between the three states. All three have to critically analyze their inner follies and mistakes committed while handling Afghan issue and work towards peace and stability. Blaming Pakistan for the wrong doings will further damage the trust deficit.
b. COAS assertive words that Pakistan cannot fight nor can the Afghan war be brought to Pakistan is indicative of the realities. Pakistan and Afghanistan have to fight their own wars and look for the resolve keeping own interests in view.
c. Trust levels between Pakistan and Afghanistan are at lowest ebb, as is evident from statements from both side. Pakistan’s official’s views that Afghan may block the trade route to central Asia is reflective of the worries at both ends.
2. Taliban and Afghan officials are in contact for the negotiations though government is denying it. It’s no more a secret and must not be negated as the efforts are in positive direction. All have to realize that having fought for sixteen years, the end remains elusive, and they must negotiate peace.
3. Haibatullah’s views must be considered in correct perspective that with occupation forces in Afghanistan the peace cannot be achieved. Though they have been repeating same since past many years yet it cannot be accepted in totality, but the US and Afghans must work towards some settlements. The war has not yielded positively rather has caused serious damage to the Afghan nation and country.
4. The US aid for the Afghan defense and security forces including air forces is appositive gesture but the concern remains as to how must of this will go back to the US and ow much will be spent on real uplifting the efficacy of the apparatus. Over past sixteen years the US and international donners have spent billions on papers and in reality yet the Afghan’s apathy is evident that they are not ready and trained to contest the Taliban.
5. Security Situation
a. Reports of ISIS activities and the government claims against ISIS dictates that the militants of the organization have gained foothold in Afghanistan and are posing serious danger to already fragile security situation. The US and the international players will have to look into their strategy and thinking of working for peace rather using conflicts as sate policy for domination.
b. Taliban are raising the stakes for the Afghan government and international stake holders by seriously challenging the state writ the operations all over. The details of incidents stated in above paragraphs categorically indicates Taliban hold, influence and strength to contest the state apparatus.
c. The government operations including ground and airstrikes against Taliban and ISIS and the claimed success are conflicting. The number of casualties and killings, if critically analyzed reveals the false claims to both sides. These operations are resulting in life loss of the innocent civilians which is further damaging the state image and efficacy.