Ending the endgame politically

Published Sep 10, 2012 03:40am

THE long Afghan war has been over for all those who lost their lives in it. And there are surely thousands who have, in the past 10 years, become its victims. The aggrieved family members want an end to this war.

The pain and trauma of separation is undoubtedly experienced with the same intensity by the victims’ families all over the globe. The story of Marina Buckley, the mother of a US soldier killed in Afghanistan by the Afghan army a few days prior to his arrival back home, published in the New York Times, is heart-wrenching.

Marina’s grief is surely no less than that felt by the mothers of thousands of Pakistani soldiers who have sacrificed their precious lives while fighting against militancy.

In fact, the grief is multiplied when expectations and hopes are also shattered by the departure of dear ones.

After a decade one feels compelled to ask the inevitable question regarding the major achievements towards attaining peace in this region. Operation after operation has been launched by the Pakistani and allied forces either side of the border, but they still have not been able to achieve absolute success. Despite accepting the fact that Afghanistan needs a political solution, military strategies are all that have been employed and discarded as the situation descends into a more chaotic state where reality becomes undecipherable.

The need is being felt more with each passing moment to contain and to bring the war that has spread beyond its original battleground, to its decisive phase that needs to move beyond military solutions. That the simultaneous employment of military and political means is sure not a workable strategy, just like going after the Haqqani network in Pakistan, while giving a free reign to the militants in Afghanistan is a move that will bring forth nothing but disaster.

How many more innocents are to lose their precious lives in this unending conflict that seems to feed upon the blood of our soldiers and keeps coming for more? The beheading of over a dozen Pakistani soldiers just a few days ago who were kidnapped from the Batwar area by the TTP is not the only episode of such barbaric act of violence against our security forces.

Soldiers, whether Pakistani or from any other country, would keep on being targeted in a similar manner until the respective states realise that it is up to them to handle the situation politically.

LUBNA UMAR Islamabad


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akhter
Sep 10, 2012 08:23am
dialogue is the best way to combat war of terrorism.
jalaluddin S. Hussain
Sep 10, 2012 03:45am
Let us give peace a chance!
zulfiqar ahmed
Sep 10, 2012 06:23am
There is no end to this war without minimising the trust deficit gap between Talibans,Pakistan and USA which appears to be hardly possible.Therfore all the hree should sincerely desire,take action for the in the right direction for the interest of Afghan alone.
Ahmed
Sep 10, 2012 10:46am
Before calling for a "dialogue" you should understand what it is the taliban want. Do they want to allow the people to freely elect their leaders? No. They want to gain power without running for elections. These meaningless calls for "dialogue" are the reason Pakistani troops keep fighting and dying.