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09 July, 2003

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Recent tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the issue of intrusion into formerís territory in pursuit of Al-Qaida activists by laterís army have triggered diplomatic problems between the two countries. The attack on Pakistanís embassy in Kabul led by Afghan government officials is just a big Ďaddí to this issue.

The Northern Alliance dominated Afghan government needs stability for that country to gain the status of Ďfit for developmentí. However, in light of un-necessary increase in Indian diplomatic missions in cities neighboring Pakistan, the artificial hype and desperate efforts by Indian businessmen for playing role in Afghanistanís reconstruction is an alarming situation for those working for restoring peace in Afghanistan.

What role can India and Pakistan play in the long term economic stability in Afghanistan? What are the Indian and Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and who benefits from the economic stability there?

Reader Comments:

Pakistan is in better position

Pakistan is in a better position to take advantage out of Afghanistan's stability.

We understand the enemies of Pakistan would never like to see Afghanis having better relations with Pakistan, but this should be a word of caution for Afghan authorities to decide themselves. It's not in the interest of Afhgan to destroy its relations with the neighboring countries and rather prefer to have good relations with its neigbors enemies.

India would certainly never like to see a stable Afhganistan, which indirectly means giving access to central asian countries to Gawadar port in Pakistan. It's in the interest of India to keep Afghanistan destablize.

Ali, Pakistan - 09 July, 2003

Pakistani Ambassador !

Pakistan government should take Afghanistan seriously and therefore send the best available diplomat to Kabul instead of the existing Rustum Shah, the nerd.

While the Indian ambassador is busy day and night in introducing Indian companies in the market, Rustum Shah is polishing his Taliban like beard. This poor guy even cannot hide his emotions, the first lesson of diplomacy.

Is there any system in Pakistan Foreign Office to judge the suitablity of these diplomats before they are sent abroad with Pakistani flags.

Sunny, Pakistan - 09 July, 2003

ISAF Failure !

The attack on Pakistan embassy in Kabul, to me is a failure of ISAF forces in Kabul. If they cannot protect one city of Afghanistan, how can they protect the entire country. I wish a smiliar attack to the German, British or USA embassy in Kabul and see the reactions then!!


Hameed Lodhi, Ukraine - 09 July, 2003

Afghanistan's stability

There will be no stability in Afghanistan until these occupying forces are there. India will be most likely to be benifited under this puppet Hamid Karzai government. These Afghans are the most arrogant and un thankful people who do not appreciate Pakistan's past favors. Hamid Karzai, the dummy, do not have the control outside Kabul, who is protected by American army within the city can't bring Afghanistan any stability and economical growth. Pakistan must keep out of Afghanistan. Focus on protecting their borders with Afghanistan.

Mr. K, Pakistan - 09 July, 2003

Pakistan Role in Afghanistan.

I think Pakistan should play its role to keep stability in Afghanistan in the favour of Afghanis not the others. It would be much better for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Thanks.

Aftab Hussain, Pakistan - 10 July, 2003

Nothing

Why are Afghans becoming part of India-Pakistan fight, have they not learned the lesson for becoming part in USA-Russia cold war just recently?

Nadeem Zafar, New Zealand - 11 July, 2003

Emissaries in Turmoil !

I agree with SUNNY and hope
that PFS revamp their policy
towards Afghanistan.Here in
Toronto I daily meet Afghans
who are divided between India
and Pakistan.

Khalid Rahim, Canada - 11 July, 2003

Afghanistan's stability is in Question Related to India !

Bismillah Airahaman Nirahiem
Hindu-India is reversing historical Revenge from Afghans-Muslims. Somnat-Idols Braeking Victory by Sultan Mahmood Gaznavi Gurz-Blow to Taliban Bhuddha-Statues Blast is in repeatance from Prophet Ibrahim (a.s), Abraham versus Namroed-Qanoun(Laws) Prophet Musa (a.s) Moses versus Pharoahs Firaoun-Nizam(Systems).

CNN Reported that in Taliban-Control there were No-Rapes No-Prostitution No-Boys but it has returned, Qoum-e-Loet Immorality against ISLAM & Human-Respect.
Muslim-Killings & Barbari Mosque goes Un-Checked
Faridullah Koch (IPN)

Faridullah KOCH (Islamitisch Partij Nederland)European-Parliament-Eclection, Netherlands - 12 July, 2003

The Ungrateful Afghans

The Afghans have been screwing with us since 1947 in the name of religion. They were the only country then that opposed our entry in the UN. Their smuggling of all comodities across our border has damaged us the most. Yet we open our whole country for them when they need help but once they are a little better they work against us. All Afghans should leave Pakistan immediately. There are millions of them settled all over Pakistan. Get Out!!!!!

Nabi, Pakistan - 12 July, 2003

Afganistan

Aslam-oAleikum brothers can some body tell me why India need couslates in every big city in Afganistan.How many Afganis are trading with India let alone visisting India. Let me tell you that these counslates are RAW s mischiff posts.Pakistanis will remember Taliban one day and the stability they brought to Afganistan.

Nawazish Ali, Canada - 13 July, 2003

Back to square on !

All afghans are not alike.Our
problem is with late Masood a
Tajik and his gang.After all
who heads the foriegn office
in Afghanistan and who opened
the doors to the invasion.It is time Pakistan completely
withdraw from the scene and also from the pipeline treaty
unless Bush makes it clear to
India and Afghanistan to mend
their ways.

Khalid Rahim, Pakistan - 14 July, 2003

Close the border !

Pakistan must close down the border for any kind of trade with Afghanistan. My friends at UN tells me it cost $30 per tonn from Karachi Port, and $120 from Bandar Abbas Iran. Let the afghans realize Pakistan's importance.

Sunny, Pakistan - 14 July, 2003

AFGHANISTAN,AFTER TALIBAN

Afghanistan is the country of hospitality,freedom love culture and proud.No country in the world ever had a chance to conquer.Ex-Sovietunion tried and fell apart in tiny states.Taliban or not taliban.Who invented
taliban.Who invented the northern alliance.Is it K.G.B.,MOSSAD,CIA,Raw,IB,OR ISI.The answer is simple.CIA......Pakistan have to take some serios steps for Afghanistan.Afghanistan suffered a lot. They cant suffer more.Leave Afghanistan to stand on her feet.Stable Afghanistan means stable Asia.
India and Pakistan can work together as a team for Afghanistan.

Arif, Svalbard And Jan Mayen - 14 July, 2003

Hey Nadeem, who said Afghanistan stumbled in USA-Soviet cold war affairs? They brought Afghanistan into it, did you expect the Afghans to just kick back and accept the communist regime the USSR wanted in there. NO! So dont bring up that foolish statement again.

Fairose Qayeum, United Kingdom - 15 July, 2003

Why is Masood and his loyals are called to part of a gang and how come Taliban the rulers of the dark period of Afghanistan history brought peace and stability to Afghanistan. Every one know that what has Pakistan and the Taliban has done with Afghanistan and still you people are not happy with what you have done and what you are doing. For God sake now realize your crimes and let the our people live in peace withou your interference. I hope that you people also face or better say to experience what Afghans have faced for the past 14 years. Thanks INDEED!

Qadir, Afghanistan - 15 July, 2003

Perspective

People must maintain perspective! There is an unhealthy obsession in the themes of the comments thus far. The India vs Pakistan rivaly is not an influencial nor an important factor in today's Afghanistan.

One must remember that the vast majority of Afghans, irrespective of their origins are simply looking to improve daily life and trade.

The numbers and conviction of the crowd that forced themselves on the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul is not an indication of the wider population's feelings but merely the act of an orchestrated few.

There are undoubtedly elements from all parties involved that want to see political instability but this should not be misinterpreted by the populations of either Pakistan nor Afghanistan.

Edward, Afghanistan - 16 July, 2003

THE AFGHAN STRATEGY

CONCEPTUALISING THE LAST 3 DECADES OF WARFARE IN AFGHANISTAN, I THINK THE CREATION OF A MOVEMENT SUCH AS TALIBAN WAS A NECCESSARY STEP BY THE AFGHAN HISTOTIANS AND POLITICIANS WHO WERE ALWAYS ACTIVE IN THE AFFAIRS OF AFGHANISTAN, BUT WERE STAYING IN SIDE LINES. TALIBAN IDEOLOGY WAS NECCESSARY TO BALANCE THE TO2 SIDES OF SOCIETY WHICH YEARS OF WAR CREATE DIN AFGHANISTAN. AFGHANS NEEDED ASSISTANCE TO CREATE SUCH MOVEMENT "TALIBAN" AND WHO BETTER THEN THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY WHICH HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF AFGHANS RESIDING IN ITS SOIL, NAMINGLY PAKISTAN, AND SUDI ARABIA BECASAUSE TALIBAN IDEOLOGY HAD TO BE BASED ON ISLAM.
I THINK AFGHANS SHOULD BE THANKFULL TO ALL PAKISTANIS HELP FOR BEING THERE WHEN AFGHANISTANW AS AT WAR WITH SUPPER POWERS. PAKISTAN HAS BEEN A GREAT FREIND TO AFGHANISTAN THROUGHOUT. AND BECASUE OF THE NATURE OF THE WAR TRIANGLE PAKISTAN HAD TO SUFFER IN SOME WAYS AS WELL AS AFGHANISTA. THOUSAND OF PAKISTANIS BEING EMPLYED BY THE TALIBAN AND DYING IN THE HANDS OF OTHER AFGHAN FACTIONS IS ONE OF THE LATEST SUFFERINGS TO OUR PAKISTANI BROTHERS. PERHAPS THIS WAS ALSO A BALANCING ACT. BUT ONE THING WE CAN LEARN FROM THE HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN IS THAT THE AFGHANS NEVER DO BALANCE WITH ANY OTHER NATION, IN ONE WAY OR OTHER, BE IT REALISTIC OR FOOLISHNESS, THEY THINK, AND CONTINUE TO SEE THEMSELVES AS SUPPERIOR. PERHAPS THE STORIES OF THE ARYAN RACE HAS SOME UP RISE AND LINKAGE HERE.

AS AN AFGHAN I AM THANKFULL TO ALL THE PAKISTANI CITIZENS, AND GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR ASSITANT IN THE POLITICAL PROCCES OF AFGHANISTAN. AND MY APPOLIGISE IF INDIVIDUALS FEEL USED OR ABUSED UNREASONABLY. AFGHANISTAN'S STABILITY AND HONOUR WILL NOT OMIT PAKISTAN FROM THE ROAD AHEAD.

REGARDS

SAMIR LATIFI, United Arab Emirates - 03 April, 2005

Young Pakistan must start again

There are a few things I would say here regading Pakistans image.

1- pakistan should rename all those Nuclear Misilles that are named after Afghan Kings and Emperors of the past, who spread art and civilisation across the indian sub continet.

2- Pkistan should also name its new misilles after its own heroes, if there are none, they can call the misilles Musharaf, Nawaz, Benazer, or Qayedi Ahzam, etc. Naming your defence weapons after another countrys Heroes is a shame for Pakistan. Pakistan cannot and will not intimidate India by Using Afghan Kings names as their Misiles names, Kings who concoured India.

3- Pakistan should also, work hard and very honestly and senserely to stop promoting the taliban/ Afghan Talibans who are living in pakistan still, and operating from bases there to go and casue destruction in Afghanistan.

4-pakistan should also, Talk to Afghan government and specialy with the Queen of England regarding the NWFP which belong to Afghanistan, and became part of Pakistan for 100 years agreement between British India and then Afghan government . this agreement is now expired and Pakistan must hurry if it want to keep the NWFP as its territory.

4- It is in Pakistans interest, for tis people and nation, if there is going to be one, to be very sensere and very honest with the Afghan people and government, and Pakistanis and the government should start acting to do this from now for the good of all, specialy its people and government.

Regards


wali Afridi, Pakistan - 09 March, 2006

Ambassador of Pakistan

We have been pushing army generals as ambassoders in all countries even at the cost of loosing relations,can't we send one ex-general to Kabul,what more damage can he do to allready erroding relations.At least we will have a man with profile,Rustam Shah is an educated person can be employed somewhere else.Let RAW have good time with Northern Alliance,till the going is good

A.M.K, Pakistan - 17 September, 2006

All must face it, It is very simple & clear

Pakiistan is fearfull of a stable prosperous Afghanistan. Afghans should only look at their history and national heroes to know this. Its the nature of a people that never changes.

, Pakistan - 19 January, 2007

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