Why territorial restoration of Afghanistan? – By: Faheem Nazimi

April 4 2018

Afghanistan has historically been punished unfairly by colonial powers annexing its territory to the former British-India and present Pakistan. This is an insurmountable predicament in the way of its economic stability and progress and the current fight against terrorism. The stability of this region is very dependent on Afghanistan. The present failed narco-state on the one hand and the failure of the U.S. and the European community in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan on the other remains a great concern for the modern world. Pakistan’s committed military and financial support to Al-Qaeda/ISIS and the Taliban in the most bizarre and hypocritical way is a dilemma of the century for the U.S. and its allies. They are de facto at war with Pakistan. U.S. and coalition supply routes through Karachi are increasingly difficult and dangerous. The people of Afghanistan suffer devastation and pay a heavy price. All parties involved in the conflict kill them on daily basis.

They are losing trust in their government and the international community by the day. Therefore, the U.S. and its allies need to work out a brand new strategy with a new outlook for resolving the conflict in Afghanistan, considering the harsh historical and geographical realities on the ground that currently lie in the way of their victory over the adversaries. The splitting of tribal Pashtun areas and its people against their democratic will and annexation of their legitimate territory, once called by the British ‘the nation beyond the Indus’, to British India in 1896 and now Pakistan is an unacceptable and outrageous contravention of international law and human rights in the 21st century. The international community needs to look into this matter without prejudice or myopia. It is high time that Afghanistan’s annexed territory, ceded to the British India in 19th century, is revisited through the cancellation of the so called Durand-line by undoing the injustices and mischievous mistake committed by the British colonial leaders in 1896. The restoration of Afghanistan is not only imperative for Afghan economic stability but it is essential and of paramount importance for the international community in the war against terror.

This move will guarantee the stability, survival and sustainability of Afghanistan as well as the total and complete defeat of terrorism in the region, and will bring economic prosperity not only for Afghanistan but also to the region and the Europe. In short, our goals must be the defeat of terrorism and its allies, the elimination of spawning grounds for terrorism in the region and the emergence of greater Afghanistan as a free, democratic country with a rapidly growing sustainable economy. In order to achieve this common goal, a brand new outlook and strategy is required for Afghanistan: first, accelerating reform of the current administration replacing corrupt and abysmally greedy elements with committed national and democratic force by purging the state off imposters who work for Pakistan.

The international community and the US need to support the Pashton uprisal for self-determination and democracy against Pakistan terrorist sponsored tyrannical regime.

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