By: Faheem Nazimi
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 Afghan corrupt and 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 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 extremely dangerous. The people of Afghanistan suffer devastation. All parties involved in the conflict on daily basis kill Afghans. 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 victory over the enemy.
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’, 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, are restored as Afghanistan’s sovereign territory. The restoration of territory 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 and elimination of terrorism in the region, and will bring economic prosperity not only for Afghanistan but also to the region and Europe. The world will feel a sign of relief.
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 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 the US and the West to review their current strategy and policies that have no effective traction for Afghanistan and the region and make hard decisions.