Islamabad, August 27: The Taliban government or the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan (IEA), which is going through a political transition from a seasoned resistance force to a state government, faces several voids that cannot be filled. immediately or offline. way. This transition in Afghanistan presents a role for the international community, particularly the countries of the region, to facilitate the desired transformation through dynamic, persistent and symbiotic multi-level engagement.
These views were reflected in a heart-to-heart discussion followed by a keynote speech by Ambassador (r) Mohammad Sadiq, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister/Minister of State and Special Representative of Pakistan for Afghanistan during of a round table entitled “Transitioning Afghanistan” at the Institute of Political Studies (IPS).
Ambassador Sadiq’s closed-door speech to a select gathering of Islamabad intelligentsia based on Chatham House rules, aimed at assessing the real picture of Afghanistan and how Pakistan should fare in the scenario , was moderated by Brig(R) Dr. Saif-ur-Rehman Malik, Principal Investigator at IPS. Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik (Retired), Former Peshawar Corps Commander, Ambassador (r) Syed Abrar Hussain, IPS Vice President, Professor Dr Fakhar-ul-Islam, Director, Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar, Major General Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat (Retd), Obaid Ullah Baheer, Former Faculty Member (IR), American University of Kabul, Tahir Khan, Senior Journalist and Afghan Affairs Analyst, Dr Farhat Taj, Associate Professor, University of Tromsø, Norway, Dr Salma Malik, Assistant Professor, Defense and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam, University, and Brigadier (R) Said Nazir Mohmad also took part in the discussion.
Concluding the work of the roundtable, Khalid Rahman, President of IPS, pointed out that the situation in Afghanistan is still precarious after a year of “exclusive” Taliban rule, because, among other things, the demand for a government inclusive for recognition has created a void that cannot be immediately filled. Moreover, the failure of the distraught leadership of the United States to adopt and formulate sustainable policies for Afghanistan which had been on its canvas for two decades presents a responsibility not only for Afghanistan but also for the entire world.
In this image, Afghanistan, which has also been abandoned by other stakeholders, is now under the grip of a resistance force that has come unprepared and unplanned to rule a nation. Therefore, transformation would be a process that would take time. However, an important factor that can greatly contribute to the required transformation is the world’s engagement with Afghanistan in different areas and at different levels, Rahman stressed. -socket. At the same time, it is also important to raise awareness about this at the national level. Pakistan also needs to address internal and external factors that damage its national image in Afghanistan.