Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Naïve Views, Unrealistic Policies

For more than a week, Bin Laden story has topped the world news events, analyses, and politics. As far as Afghanistan is concerned, President Karzai, soon after Obama's announcement, expressed happiness on his death and called upon Taliban fighters to learn their lessons from Osama's death. However, the victorious call didn't last long here. Taliban fighters promptly launched a two-day huge operation in the heart of southern Kandahar targeting governor's office and the intelligence headquarters. The operation put Afghan security officials highly at stake but, as part of their populist justification skills, they said the operation indicated that Taliban were struggling to survive their last stages in the fight against Afghan and international forces.

Kandahar is seen as key to U.S.-led efforts to end the decade-long Taliban insurgency and hand Afghan forces responsibility for national security across the troubled country by 2014. Only few days ago, nearly 500 Taliban prisoners escaped from Kandahar's prison through a huge tunnel. On the same day as their enormous maneuver ended in the restive south, they killed at least six Afghan police in the central Ghazni Province. Taliban have said the attacks were part of their spring offensive called "The Badr Operation" which is aimed at recapturing some of the territories they lost months ago.

Afghan officials have hoped the killing of Bin Laden pave the way for negotiations with the Taliban. Karzai administration thought that death of the terrorist mastermind could help his peace initiative which is frequently offered to Taliban, a placating policy they have bluntly rebuffed.
Years after the process was launched under US leadership in Afghanistan, the Afghan government resorted into peaceful approach towards its armed dissidents. President Karzai has done his best to encourage Taliban to lay down arms and join the peace process.

However, the policy has proved counterproductive. Taliban have got enough chance to use Afghan villages and the tribal connection networks to recruit more mercenaries and spread fear of their return in areas under government control. International forces engaged here are, however, trapped in lack of coordination with the Afghan government, divergent policies of the NATO member countries on Afghanistan and the regional countries' uncooperative mood.

Having gone through the very hard experiences in war against terrorism, Afghan government has got no clear definition of her mission in the fight against terrorism and whom it is fighting with. Al Qaeda-backed Taliban, the stubborn extremist militants, are treated kindly by afghan president and his team. However, the peaceful Afghan nation knows enough of the Taliban essence. Derived from such naively optimistic views, Afghan government has so far practiced a bunch of unrealistic policies that has led only to the current deteriorating security and fading hopes of the nation.