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.
You can follow @Khanoisseur.
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.
Enjoy Threader? Sign up.
Threader is an independent project created by only two developers. The site gets 500,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Running this space is expensive and time consuming. If you find Threader useful, please consider supporting us to make it a sustainable project.