A number of developments have been coming to fore on the war-wracked Afghanistan for the past quite some time. The United States plans to withdraw its 130,000 troops from the country at the end of 2014 and arrangements are being made to declare victory in Afghanistan. The country has fast been becoming a boiling point and the US officials still appear lacking a clear road map on bringing peace in the country.
The US has also initiated dialogue with Taliban and different issues are being settled down through talks and negotiations. A political office for Taliban was opened in Qatar where senior officials including President Obama’s Special Representative for the region Marc Grossman are engaged in dialogue with Taliban. The US wants to bring peace in the country and exhorting the outfit to lay down arms and accept constitution of the country.
However, on the other hand a former warlord of the country who also remained Afghanistan’s prime minister from 1993 to 1994 and again briefly in 1996 has warned Taliban of civil war in the country if they made underhand deals with foreign forces – the United States. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is chief of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and has been remained involved in civil war after withdrawal of Soviet Union from the country in 1989.
He claimed that he was also offered a political office in an Arab country but his organization refused. The US is making fool to Taliban and other militant groups in the name of dialogue while hundreds of innocent civilians are being killed in the country by NATO forces on daily basis. Hekmatyar also alleged Taliban of trying to grab power after withdrawal of the US-led coalition forces from the country. Taliban have officially accepted being involved in dialogue with the US and other western forces.
The US has reportedly not offered Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami to be a part of the dialogue because the outfit has been seeking establishment of Islamic government in the country. Strong apprehensions are being posed by different sections of the Afghan society that if all sections of people are not taken part of the political dialogue; there are strong chances of initiation of civil war in the country after withdrawal of the US troops.
The warning of Hekmatyar should be taken seriously because he leads a large group of people and can prove fatal for the US at any time. The US should initiate dialogue across the board and all stakeholders should be taken into confidence on future roadmap of the country. A number of militant factions in the country are still skeptical about plan of the US to withdraw troops from the country at the end of 2014.
All out efforts should be made to avoid any civil war in volatile Afghanistan as it started after withdrawal of Soviet Union troops and cost life of hundreds – at least.