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U.S. Envoy Calls On Pakistan To Support Afghan Reconciliation

U.S. envoy Marc GrossmanU.S. envoy Marc Grossman
U.S. envoy Marc Grossman
U.S. envoy Marc Grossman
U.S. envoy Marc Grossman has called on Pakistan to support peace and reconciliation efforts between Taliban militants and the government in neighboring Afghanistan, saying Pakistan has a "unique" and "important" role to play.

Grossman, Washington's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke on August 2 in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where he held trilateral talks with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawid Ludin and the deputy head of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, Salman Bashir.

"From my perspective, this core group [of the three countries] highlights the unique role, the important role, that Pakistan must play in supporting this reconciliation process," Grossman said.

Pakistan's army and intelligence services have historically had links to the Taliban, and Islamic militants have used safe havens in Pakistan's tribal areas near the Afghan border.

The U.S.-Afghan-Pakistan talks come with the United States now beginning its planned withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.

compiled from agency reports
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by: M.AKRAM NIAZI from: Karachi
August 03, 2011 07:22
“Advantages of Union of Afgahnistan and Pakistan”.
By M. Akram Khan Niazi,Karachi,Pakistan
The only solution to the present problem of instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan is in the Union of these two countries based on principles of Democracy and Federalism.
In history, Durani Empire was composed of all the areas in which today's Pakistan and Afghanistan are located, and during the Mughal Empire together they were a single country. In the initial period of the British Empire, they were also the same country.
Later, some forces that had vested interests kept a distance between these lands. Consequently, border areas between these two countries became hiding places for criminals of both countries, thieves of automobiles and other stolen goods. They are stored in this region. This large uncontrollable area is a base for many evils.
Here narcotics are grown; addiction is destroying the youth and humanity. Because the region is not developed and poverty is rampant, people are attracted to extremism and militancy.
Union of both countries will make the single government more responsible in stabilizing this region and in satisfying the nationalistic pride of its inhabitants. People will be able to serve humanity as other large nations of the world do. Otherwise, this region will always remain a nuisance for the world. It destroyed Soviet Union. It may also take down the western world, which will be a great blow to the development of Science and Technology, especially Medical science.
Advantages to the world:
Control of terrorism:
Instability in this region is causing great damage to humanity. Soldiers of many countries are sacrificing their lives just to eliminate terrorists from these countries. In the presence of a unified government, it will be easier to control terrorists.
Control of extremism:
As a unified nation composed of multiethnic groups such as the Punjabis, Sindhis, Baluchis, Pashtuns, Urdu speakers, Tajiks, Persians and Hazaras, and as a multisectarian society such as Sunni and Shiites, it will become impossible for any ethnic group or religious sect to find any future in extremism.
Stabilization of the region:
Although it is now that the problems of this region have gained attention, it has suffered from instability for a long time. People here are finding no hope, no future for themselves, partly because of interference from foreign countries, such as the British Empire, Soviet Union, USA, China and India. When they were unified under the Durani Empire, the region was stable. The same was the case during the Mughal Empire.
There are three main groups in Asia, i.e. the Chinese, Hindus and Muslims. Chinese and Hindus are satisfied with their states of China and India. The Muslim population in Asia is greater than the Chinese and Hindus combined. However, having no comparable state of their own they experience the stress of inferiority. That element too is causing instability and irritation amongst common Muslims. By creating a unified state of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a sense of satisfaction, pride and respect of having a national state will be achieved. That might lead to normalization of relations with the rest of the world and stability.
Solution to economic problems
At present, both countries are burdens on others, and pose barriers in exploring the resources of Central Asia by the world. After stabilization, it will be useful not only for Central Asia and for the World, but also for the new unified nation itself.

Written By:
Mr. M. Akram Khan Niazi

August 03, 2011 07:23
“Advantages of Union of Afgahnistan and Pakistan”.
By M. Akram Khan Niazi,Karachi,Pakistan
Advantages to Pakistan:
It was the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, the Founder of Pakistan, to unify the regions of West Pakistan, Afghanistan, East Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. That probably needs time. It took many centuries for Europeans to realize that they shared a common goal.
• By unification with Afghanistan, areas, which are included in Pakistan, will stabilize, and migration of people from disturbed areas will stop.
• Smuggling of weapons across the borders will end, and Law and Order will be established.
• Similarly, illicit drug trade will be minimized.
• Whole areas of Pukhtoons (Pashtuns) speaking population will unify, and that will help the development of culture and language of that group which is now divided in two nations.
• Expenses for Security measures on the borders will be minimal. The resultant balance can be used for the welfare of people.
• Interference of other nations in this region will subside.
• Due to unique historical importance for Buddhists and Hindus, tourism industry will flourish and business activity in the region will increase.
Advantages to Afghanistan:
• Through unification, Afghanistan will cease to be a land locked country. The union will promote freedom of people of Afghanistan to travel and engage in economic activity,
• Extremism and terrorism will come to and end, as the people will become more engaged and involved in adjusting themselves in the new union. Utilization of raw products of Afghanistan will increase.
• Security and military expenses will minimize.
• Doors to Pakistan will open to Afghanis who look for jobs in Pakistan.
• Shortage of food products in Afghanistan will decrease and it will increase the utilization of raw products of Afghanistan.
• Linking Central Asia via Afghanistan to the rest of the world will generate extraordinary development.
Based on above observations, suggestions and predictions, it is clear that unification of Pakistan and Afghanistan will be fruitful for everyone in the region and for the world at large.
Written By:
Mr. M. Akram Khan Niazi

by: Ejaz Wani from: Srinagar
August 03, 2011 09:23
Akram Niazi still does not realise that the biggest problem that muslims are facing is that Jinnah divided muslims by creating Pakistan,. The creation of Pakistan has become the biggest calamity to befall muslims in Asia.

The only solution is the dissolution of the Pakistan state so that the toxic combination of a self serving military that is ruling Pakistan is removed. Their actions have brought disrepute to Islam and muslims.

The KP regions including FATA should be joined with Afghanistan. The J&K state including Gilgit Baltistan should be rejoined with Indian state of J&K. A referendum should be conducted in Balochistan Sindh and Punjab region on wether they want to stay with Pakistan, join India or become independant.

This was the wrongs comitted by Jinnah can be undone and a new era can be started, Even if this does not happen, the new light for muslims will not be in Pakistan but in India were 190 million muslims - more than Pakistan- reside and are on average better educated, more rich and have had a consitnous participation in Democracy for the last 60+ years

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