Asif says US pursuing failed strategy in Afghanistan

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has stated that the Trump management’s “militaristic means” in Afghanistan represented a failed coverage, and he referred to as for talks with the Taliban to convey peace to the war-torn nation.

Asif, who’s heading to New York to take part in the 72nd consultation of the United Nations General Assembly, advised The Wall Street Journal newspaper in Islamabad that he may just now not know the way the American army may just be triumphant now in Afghanistan when it had now not all through the “surge” beneath the Obama management with a pressure 8 occasions as massive as the only now deliberate.

The overseas minister as an alternative referred to as for peace talks with the Taliban, which, he stated, may well be organized if Washington labored with nations in the area that experience affect over the Taliban militant workforce.

“They are pursuing a folly, a strategy that has already failed,” the overseas minister stated in an interview with the Journal.

“Force won’t clear up any drawback; it has now not solved issues in the previous.”

Asif stated he would inform UN individuals that “peace will have to go back to this space and pressure isn’t the answer.”

On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres additionally stated that there may well be no army strategy to the Afghan warfare and referred to as for efforts against making a political answer.

“I consider it is necessary in Afghanistan to speculate in the prerequisites to create a political answer. I consider this is imaginable,” Guterres advised newshounds on the UN at a press convention at UN Headquarters in New York.

In his dispatch the newspaper’s correspondent, Saeed Shah, underscored that Pakistan’s cooperation used to be essential to the hassle to stabilise neighbouring Afghanistan and extricating America from its longest warfare.

“The US and Pakistan are ostensible allies, however have lengthy suffered strained ties.

Relations became more confrontational after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan in August of offering a haven for terrorists after which threatening to withhold help if there wasn’t higher cooperation,” the dispatch stated.

Trump had stated that a political agreement with parts of the Taliban used to be “in all probability” imaginable, however most effective after an efficient US army marketing campaign.

The overseas minister therefore cancelled a travel to the US for talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Islamabad additionally rejected a deliberate talk over with to Pakistan by the senior US respectable coping with the Pakistan-Afghanistan area, Alice Wells.

Instead, the overseas minister toured the area, visiting US adversaries in China, Iran and Turkey, pronouncing later on that they agreed that a political answer used to be wanted.

“I feel Americans will have to be more sensible and more pragmatic about their method in Afghanistan,” Asif used to be quoted as pronouncing.

“They have already misplaced more than 40% of the territory to the Taliban. How do you stay on preventing with them?”

The Trump management plan would upload as much as three,900 US squaddies to the eight,400 that the Pentagon says are already there, and make allowance them to struggle the Taliban with freer regulations of engagement.

At its height, beneath President Barack Obama, the US had over 100,000 squaddies there.

Tillerson stated remaining month that the US strategy used to be to persuade the Taliban to remember that they can not win at the battlefield and “one day, we need to come to the negotiating desk and give you the option to convey this to an finish.”

Asif stated now used to be the time for talks and that neighbours have been prepared to lend a hand.

A four-country workforce meant to advertise such talks — Pakistan, China, the US and Afghanistan, which has now not met for over a yr, may well be expanded to incorporate different nations with affect over the Taliban, he stated.

Khawaja Asif additionally wondered the US statement that Pakistan allowed sanctuaries for Afghan militants.

“They do not want sanctuaries on our territory. They have quite a lot of territories which Americans have misplaced to them in Afghanistan all the way through the final 15 years,” Asif stated.

“This is scapegoating you recognize, not anything else.”

The overseas minister stated it used to be America’s militaristic coverage around the Muslim global that had infected a lot of the violence.

“There is chaos from Afghanistan to Libya, you inform what’s the not unusual denominator in this entire chaos,” Asif stated.”Has American coverage in this entire area, the Middle East and our area, introduced peace dividends to any place?”

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