TALIBAN TO APE LTTE: Afghanistan back to Square One as Ghani Signs Decree to Release Prisoners

KABUL, Nov. 16, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Nov. 16, 2017 shows a damaged building at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through a banquet hall in northern neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .
Image shows a damaged building at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through a banquet hall in northern neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS)
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How can we trust Taliban? They are not Viet Congs, but Jihadist version of LTTE. Taliban will emulate LTTE to achieve their goals. The Tamil Tigers unleashed terror after signing a peace deal with Colombo as India endorsing it as a guarantor. The US troops supported by NATO will be forced to come back soon to clear the mess created by President Trump and Zalmay Khalilzad with the support Pakistan army. President Trump is wrong to assume Taliban for Viet Congs to leave a war torn country …. Writes Kaliph Anaz

JALALABAD, Sept. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members take part in a military operation against Islamic State (IS) in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2019. (Photo by Saifurahman Safi/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Afghan security force members take part in a military operation against Islamic State (IS) in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2019. (Photo by Saifurahman Safi/Xinhua/IANS)

The Afghan government’s decision to release 5000 prisoners as part of the Taliban-US peace deal will open another bloody episode in the history of Afghanistan. The ISI sponsored fanatical group is buying time and resources to eliminate the people creating roadblocks to implement their jihadist ideology in the landlocked country.

President Ashraf Ghani earlier pardoned thousands of Taliban prisoners in a key preliminary step to intra-Afghan talks between a government delegation and the extremist group.

Ghani’s move to release the 5,000 inmates marks the beginning of negotiations to end the 19 years of war that have pitted Taliban against the government in Afghanistan.

“President Ghani has signed the decree that would facilitate the release of the Taliban prisoners in accordance with an accepted framework for the start of negotiation between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi wrote at midnight on Twitter. He said authorities would provide details throughout the day.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ Afghanistan peace representative, said in a later Twitter message that prisoners’ release would begin Saturday based on a list provided by insurgents.

Insurgents had already accepted the release of 1,000 prisoners from the government’s side in a historic February 29 agreement in Doha, Qatar, between the Taliban and the United States, who also agreed to a 14-month staggered foreign troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Khalilzad said he urged either side to sit down and discuss the issue in Doha and work on further details, adding that the Afghan government had agreed to do so and that releasing the prisoners would be a significant step to relations.

Members of Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a tractor bomb attack in Kabu

The special envoy said however that violence by the Taliban remains high despite signs of progress toward peace and told insurgents to comply with their commitments. Khalilzad said this would allow prisoner releases to be smooth and the peace process successful.

Tuesday was the last day set in the Qatar agreement for the release of the 5,000 Taliban from Afghan prisons as a preliminary negotiation step, a move Ghani had so far opposed, claiming such release should occur following bilateral talks.

Suhail Shaheen, the Qatari insurgent political office spokesman, said Tuesday that they had already provided a list of 5,000 prisoners to be released, adding that the tally was final.

The decree comes at a time of Afghan political instability after Abdullah Abdullah, Ghani’s main rival at the polls and hitherto chief executive, rejected election results and proclaim himself president at a parallel Monday inauguration ceremony in Kabul.

Taliban and Peace

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A displaced person begs on a snow-covered road in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2019. Those displaced people, who were forced to leave their houses by conflict, rising insecurity and other reasons, faced poor living conditions in winter. (Xinhua/Dai He)

Experts are predicting Taliban will act like LTTE in Sri Lanka. The Tamil Tigers unleashed terror after signing a peace deal with Colombo as India endorsing it as a guarantor. The militant group of Vellupillai Prabhakaran later turned against Colombo and New Delhi to endorse their power in the island nation.

The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed in Colombo on 29 July 1987, between Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene. The accord was aimed to resolve the Sri Lankan Civil War. Under the terms of the agreement, Colombo agreed to a devolution of power to the provinces, the Sri Lankan troops were to be withdrawn to their barracks in the north and the Tamil rebels were to surrender their arms. Tamil groups, mainly the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), agreed to surrender their arms to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). Within a few months however, they broke the deal and launched attacks on IPKF. The LTTE declared their intent to continue the armed struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam and refused to disarm. The IPKF found itself engaged in a bloody police action against the LTTE.

The scenario will repeat in Afghanistan. It’s an open secret that Taliban is a bunch of mercenaries sponsored by Pakistan Army and ISI. They don’t have any faith in political  process and democratic institutions except Islamic Shariah. Even the US government is aware about their intention. They know the Taliban do not intend to honour the promises they have made in the deal signed in Doha. Even President Trump also acknowledged that the Taliban could “possibly” overrun the Afghan government after US troops withdrew from the war-ravaged country.

A former US official told the NBC News that the administration understood the risks of a Vietnam style ending to the war in Afghanistan, in which the Taliban renege on the deal and overrun the country but no one was saying that publicly.

But President Trump, while talking to reporters at the White House, indicated that he was aware of this possibility.

“Countries have to take care of themselves. You can only hold someone’s hand for so long,” said Mr Trump when asked if the Taliban could eventually seize power. “It’s “not supposed to happen that way, but it possibly will.”

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who attended the signing ceremony in Doha, however, said that it’s still too early to pass a judgment.

“We have seen the senior Taliban leadership working diligently to reduce violence from previous levels during similar time periods. And so, we still have confidence that the Taliban leadership is working to deliver on its commitments,” he told journalists in Washington.

KABUL, Nov. 16, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Nov. 16, 2017 shows a damaged building at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through a banquet hall in northern neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS) by .
Image shows a damaged building at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded after a suicide bombing ripped through a banquet hall in northern neighborhood of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said. (Xinhua/Rahmat Alizadah/IANS)

Other defence and intelligence officials said they believed President Trump was determined to pull US troops out of Afghanistan regardless of what the Taliban did after the withdrawal.

“Mr Khalilzad is trying to give Trump cover to get him through the election,” former CIA official Doug London, who studied the Taliban closely while conducting counter-terrorism operations, told NBC News.

Let’s wait and see. It is not good to recreate situations like in Vietnam and Colombo, when the world is facing more major issues like environmental crisis like global warming and regional conflicts like Syrian War. The million dollar question is: Can you trust Taliban?

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