1. Negotiations with Taliban (who are a spin-off of Reagan/CIA-backed mujahideen who fought against the Soviet Union’s troops) began under Obama administration. Far from being wiped out, Taliban have gained the upper hand and will become part of any negotiated peace settlement.
2. In the 1980s, Pakistan was crucial to helping Soviets negotiate an exit out of Afghanistan. Pakistan will play a big role now in helping US exit Afghanistan. $30 billion have been provided by the international community (including US) for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
3. Pakistan has a vested interest in striking peace with the Taliban. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, a Pakistani “branch” of Afghanistan’s Taliban, seeks to overthrow Pakistan’s government and has reportedly even fought alongside Syrian rebels (some are US-backed!) against Assad.
4. So any “Camp David meeting to negotiate peace with the Taliban” that excluded Pakistan will not yield positive results or be taken seriously by the various parties. Pakistan needs to be at the table at these discussions.
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