x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Will Muzaffar Beigh bring Altaf Bukhari back into PDP fold? | Kashmir centric parties at blind alley | State Agricultural Universities exhibit apathy in maintaining research database | Decade on, artificial lake in Jammu far from reality, to miss another deadline | Major goof up in construction of flats at Muthi by JDA | ADGP promotes 38 police constables | Ladakh braces for its own full-fledged police force | DC Reasi constitutes team against encroachment | Nexus between Hospitals Admin and Private Pharmacies failed Jan AushidhiYojna’s | Mayor tours in the old Jammu city areas | COE JU chairs meeting of Principals | Ganesh Mandir Prabandak Samiti holds meet | Need to Blend Ancient Philosphy , Modern Science for Upliftment of Humanity-JUVC | Tree Talk Crusader holds interaction programme | DPS organizes English Recitation Competition for pre-nursery class | Jodhamal team shines at formula 1 for Schools | Interaction organised on BasantPanchmi | Motherland Public School celebrates Annual Day | Stephens college conducts oath ceremony | Model Training Course concludes | Roshan Lal memorial Volleyball tournament from February 3 | MV Intl’ School named in top 10 schools of 2019 | 16th National Mountain Bike Championship: JKCA to conduct trial on February | JSS commemorates in-house MUN | MLZS celebrates Vasant Panchami | Inter Panchayat Sport Competitions Organised | Beating Retreat ceremony held in Jammu | ASSOCHAM delegation called on Secretary Industries | Div Com inspects development works at Bagh-e-Bahu | CBI raids J-K Grameen Bank in Kupwara | S AC approves upgradation of 13 Municipal Committees to Municipal Councils with creation of staff | Omar’s grey beard fails to invoke sympathy in Kashmir | Prez issues warrants for appointment of Rajneesh Oswal as Judge | J-K administration orders screening at airports amid coronavirus outbreak | Army airlifts above 100 stranded civilians from Gurez | Body of missing youth found from bunker, family blame police for inaction | MC fails to take speedy action | DC Srinagar reviews digitisation of revenue records | No takers for elderly, abandoned citizens | Kashmir highway reopens, only stranded vehicles allowed towards Srinagar | Panchayat members get all sops in JK | Execution of works of ULBs through PW(R&B) Department to fast pace development | J&K hit by low-intensity earthquake | NIA DG reviews Davinder Singh’s case in Jammu | J&K PCB organizes awareness camp | Special Handloom Expo 2019-20 concludes at Kala Kendra | Panchmi Mahotsav organised at Devsthan Mathwar Basant | Weaker sections are bearing brunt of BJP’s anti-poor policies: Bhalla | PLS organises literary function | Productivity Enhancement Programme begins at GCOE | TIC hosts symposium contest on ‘Conservation of water’ at GHSS Marta | Citizen Forum expresses concerns over health issues of school children | Training for elected women representatives held | United Class-IV Forum submits memorandum to Comm Secy School Education | Samba administration organizes debate cum symposium competition under BBBP Scheme | BJP questions protest held by refugees’ leaders | DLL organises Gender Sensitization workshop in Fatehpur Brahmana Panchayat | Dr Bachha Babu bereaved | SCC honors Padam Shri Awardee Shiv Nirmohi | JMC Commissioner interacts with animal welfare activists | NHM employees appeal LG for regularization | JKNPP appoints office bearers | JKNPP to kick start 'Public Outreach Programme' from January 31 | JCCI president calls on PC Income Tax | Thapa awarded President Police medal for meritorious services | Annual business meet organised | Balwant Thakur to start fortnight visit of India from February 2 | Dr Shyam selected as executive member of TMS | PM Modi on Global Potato summit | Controversial Association | FC Health chairs maiden Apex Committee meeting of HIMAYAT scheme | Public grievances being redressed systematically: Advisor Sharma | Implement Marriage Scheme for girls in letter & spirit: HC to Govt | DC reviews CAPEX budget 2019-20 | HC stays appointment of Vivek Sharma as Director Animal Husbandry | Court awards 3 years imprisonment in attempt to kidnapping case | HC grants Govt 6 weeks of reviving Consumer Commission, District Forum | Dealer , tanker driver held for black marketing of Kerosene oil | DDC convenes SWM meeting | Five ‘misguided’ youth reunited with families | People fear spread of epidemic as Mendhar town is stinking | 6,000 acres of land identified in J&K for investors | Police hold naka 03 vehicles seized, 08 challaned | Traffic SPO killed in road accident | Lok Adalat held in Udhampur | Two Held With Heroin | Sun plays hide & seek after early morning rain, snow in Kashmir | Clearance operations to reconnect cutoff remote areas halted due to snowfall | Fresh snowfall in Srinagar disrupts normal life | Back Issues  
 
news details
Trumps Himalayan blunder in Afghanistan and India's options
Jaibans Singh2/7/2019 10:50:55 PM
Among the many disasters that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump, his Afghanistan policy will stand out in history as the most catastrophic. Trump has, right from his campaign for the presidency, rooted for total withdrawal from Afghanistan. No issues with this, since America has realised the blunder that it committed in 2001 by entering Afghanistan and has been trying, since long, to find an honourable way out. It is something that Barak Obama also desired but could not achieve.
The problem lies in the manner in which Trump is trying to implement his policy! Having already declared a massive troop reduction, he has opened talks with the Taliban without making the incumbent Government of Afghanistan a party to the same. This act, by itself, has caused a serious dent to the credibility of the Government of Afghanistan and made the situation in the trouble torn region even more fractious. It also constitutes a serious breach of trust by the US government which was instrumental in putting the government in place after throwing out the Taliban.
The US-Taliban talks are poised to enter the third round and the US special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, is speaking of a forward movement in the two main agenda points of a structured withdrawal of US forces and a commitment by Taliban to not allow safe haven to extremists in territories under its control. The negotiating team claims to be pushing for intra-Afghan talks but, quite obviously, the Taliban will be unwilling to agree to the same. A ceasefire and direct talks between the Taliban and the Government of Afghanistan with an outside moderator (that can be the US) is imperative to proceed further. Further, a reasonable troop presence will need to be maintained to ensure that the accord is implemented in full.
Once again, the complete lack of understanding of the US with regard to Afghanistan is quite visible. Everybody except the US knows that the latter has no means to ensure that the Taliban will honour its agreement. The Taliban is quite aware that the window for the US to seal the deal is closing down; it cannot be later than early 2020 to give Trump enough time to leverage the "military and diplomatic victory" for his re-election bid in November 2020. Safely ensconced in a position of strength it is playing out a waiting game knowing full well that US desperation will increase with each passing day and more concessions will be forthcoming. Taliban is also in direct talks with Russia, China and Iran to see what it can garner when the balloon goes up. Taliban may be talking of an "inclusive Afghan world" but their history does not refer to any such ideology. They have always believed in "all or nothing" with betrayal and violence being their forte!
Pakistan is playing the dual game that it is most adept at! It looks upon the development as an opportunity to regain the goodwill of the US and get the financial support that it so desperately wants. Ostensibly, it is pushing the Taliban towards talks but under wraps it will probably be advising the Taliban leaders to play the waiting game so that the US can be diplomatically bled by both entities. Once the US is out and the Taliban in control in Afghanistan, Pakistan will have the strategic partner against India that it so desperately needs.
The tragedy that is unfolding due to this inexcusable lack of strategic foresight of the US is that the unfortunate people of the region are staring at black days with imposition, once more, of the most medieval form of Sharia, replete with denial of any rights to the women, wanton killing, suppression and persecution. Those who supported the Government will be systematically put to death and a reign of terror will be unleashed across the land. In short, Afghanistan will once again stare at regression into the stone-age, from where it is just about coming out.
It is time for India to leverage her position as a global power and stand up for the Government and the people of Afghanistan who look upon the country as a friend in whom they have reposed faith and trust. On the diplomatic front, it is incumbent for India to create awareness internationally and pressure the US into looking at the issue from a strategic position and not as an election promise made by Donald Trump which needs to be honoured to facilitate his re-election. India needs to clearly state its position of being fearful of a full-fledged civil war in case these parameters are not ensured.
At the regional level, India should fully support the legitimate Government in Afghanistan and expose the double speak of Pakistan. Whatever help can be given to strengthen the Afghan Armed Forces should be forthcoming speedily and urgently. The Chabahar Port should be made functional soonest in order to boost the Afghan economy. Stability of Afghanistan should form part of bilateral dialogue with Russia, China, Iran and the Central Asian Republics.
Should India fail to contain the US blunder in the making, she will have to gear up for an intensely radicalised neighbourhood and its attendant effect on Kashmir and onwards the rest of the country. Jihad in Kashmir is bound to gain momentum, infiltration attempts will rise, the success in Afghanistan will be leveraged and psychological operations restructured to enhance recruitment of locals into the terrorist fold, availability of arms and ammunition will increase. Attempts will also be made to impact the rest of the country with radicalised Islamist ideology.
The security forces in Kashmir need to remain sensitive and vigilant of the emerging situation that will have far reaching ramifications. The bid to eradicate terrorism from Kashmir needs to be intensified in order to stop, on its tracks, the push that will come, yet again, from Pakistan. Clearly, there is much to be done and little time left for India to do the same. It is time to move decisively since procrastination will cause severe damage to both countries.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU