ISLAMABAD — The leader of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating team said Tuesday on a trip to Pakistan that the time has arrived for both neighboring states to ditch the feeling, “stale rhetoric” and exhausted conspiracy theories which have dogged past connections.
It had been his first trip in 12 decades.
Abdullah advised the Institute of Strategic Studies at the national capital of Islamabad the two neighbors are on the brink of a new connection characterized by”mutual respect, honest collaboration and shared wealth.”
“I’m a firm believer that following several troubling decades, we need to go past the typical stale rhetoric and dark conspiracy theories which have held us back,” Abdullah said. “We can’t afford to pursue business as normal. We want new approaches and our people need it. It’s more pressing than ever to visit our area as one area.”
His statements come before encounters after Tuesday with Pakistan’s strong army leader and prime minister. His trip also comes at a vital period in Afghanistan’s troubled history as a government-appointed discussion group is at the Gulf nation of Qatar brokering an end to war using its Taliban foes.
Before coming to power in 2018, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has suggested a political conclusion to Afghanistan’s war and continues to be a strong critic of Washington’s alleged war on terror stating it’s left tens of thousands of Pakistanis and Afghans dead.
But most in Afghanistan are critical of the support that the Taliban obtained in Pakistan after the collapse of the rule in 2001 together with all the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. Pakistan asserts its connection with the Taliban was what gave it leverage to push on the spiritual militia into discussions.
However, Afghans are profoundly suspicious of Pakistan and government officials dread Pakistan’s continued participation in their country for a way to offset its aggressive neighbor India’s influence in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has come under international criticism because it supported several militant groups and resistance to other people. While Pakistan’s politicians and military state that coverage was relegated to the past, Islamabad’s neighbors remain questionable.
“We don’t need a terrorist footprint within our nation or to allow anything to pose a danger to some other country,” Abdullah said Tuesday. “The present intra-Afghan talks offer the best hope to put the war and with patience, compromise, and conversation to agree to combine the Nation.”
Abdullah and the USA, which brokered the peace agreement with the Taliban to begin discussions with the authorities, have been pressing for discussions to be accompanied by a decrease in violence.
The Taliban have denied it.
“Peace isn’t merely an Islamic tenet and responsibility, but it’s also that unique historic chance which shouldn’t be squandered,” said Abdullah. “Now that the ice was broken, most of us have a role and a duty to allow it to move toward fruition and prevent a relapse.”