Daudzai wants neighbours to push peace bid
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Umar Daudzai has acknowledged the government’s inability to dismantle the Taliban movement, saying the insurgents hide in their hideouts across the Durand Line in Pakistan.
Addressing the Munich Security Conference Core Group meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday, the minister alleged the militants were trained and equipped in Pakistan before they sneaked into Afghanistan along with new recruits in the spring.
Regional terrorist outfits such as IMU, ETIM were using the Taliban as guides to reach Central Asia and beyond, he said, adding: “This means we are located on the crossroad of terrorists going back and forth from the subcontinent to Central Asia, Middle East and China.
Having close links with drug and weapon mafia in Central Asia, the terrorists purchased weapons with the money they earned from the narcotics trade, he claimed, saying the arms were used to destabilise Afghanistan and the region.
Daudzai agreed the insurgency issue could not be addressed only through military means. “We exhausted every option that could lead us to a political settlement of the problem. Complex realities surrounding us hindered our efforts,” the minister said.
But he believed the new unity government, which had begun analysing the underlying factors that led to the exacerbation of the problem, represented a unique opportunity for an amicable and negotiated settlement. The new administration remains committed to combating corruption and improving service delivery.
“But we all know that for a genuine peace settlement, our neighbors’ sincere cooperation is key. In this respect, we are inviting our neighbors to have a fresh look at the emerging opportunities and see the threat that they are also now faced with.”
He also spoke of plans to transform Afghanistan into an energy corridor and a commercial hub, saying the country had signed the CASA-1000 power project for electricity supply from Central Asia to South Asia.
“We are looking forward to the day, when TAPI becomes a reality, Afghanistan is fully linked to India through Chabahar (port) in terms of trade and India is linked to Europe by a railway link that goes through Afghanistan...”
About the recent election, he said one elected president had transferred authority to another elected leader peacefully for the first time in Afghanistan’s history. The ex-ambassador also hailed the transition of security as a success.
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