As Afghanistan was reeling under a series of terror attacks that left scores killed, one of the best sons of Afghanistan, former US ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad directly blamed Pakistan and called for a comprehensive strategy to defeat the war imposed on his country of birth by Pakistan.
In a series of tweet Sunday, Amdassador Khalilzad who is fondly called Zal said, “The terrorists backed by #Pakistan have declared war against the Afghan people. #Afghanistan and its allies need an effective plan to protect civilians and go after their enemies. This should be the number 1 priority.
“President Ghani should invite political leaders, seek their advice and involvement behind a strong plan. It cannot be business as usual. Afghan leaders must unite to mobilize the people and other assets to confront and defeat the barbaric threat.
“Politics should be put aside for now. Afghans should press their leaders to rise to the occasion and stop their little games. Afghanistan’s future is on the line. @ashrafghani @realDonaldTrump.”
Zal, the highest ranking Muslim to ever serve the US government, author of The Envoy and former professor of Columbia University, is one of the few Afghan Americans who understands the deceptive nature of Pakistan army and ISI, inside out.
The commander in chief of the United States, President Donald J. Trump, in a rare tweet of solidarity with Muslim victims Saturday tweeted, “Taliban targeted innocent Afghans, brave police in Kabul today. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims, and first responders. We will not allow the Taliban to win!”
Ambassador Zal’s views were backed by a young Pashtun-Afghan diplomat based in Geneva. Notwithstanding the Pakistan government official condemnation of the fresh spate of terrorism, Bilal Ahadyar, second secretary at the Afghan consulate in Geneva, believes Pakistan’s ISI is 100 percent involved in the boorish and cruel suicide assaults and blasts in Afghanistan “by persistently supporting, financing, preparing, preparing and giving safe sky to the adversaries of Afghanistan, Taliban, Haqqani Network and other partnered radicals.” Ahadyar regretted that despite being a neighbor, China consistently supports Pakistan which gives “places of refuge” to the fear mongers.
Ahadyar said irked over the US presence, Iran and Russia too were playing a role in destabilizing Afghanistan by siding with the Taliban. At the same time he lamented that while the US and the free world recognize Pakistan as the purveyor, they have failed to take action against the rogue state.
Both Khalilzad and Ahadyar are Pashtuns, which is the dominant nation in centuries old Afghanistan and the other nationalisties are Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara, Aimak, Baloch and few others. Pashtuns in Pakistan, created artificiially by the British in August 1947 by the division of India, form the second largest nation in that country.
However, a huge chunk of these Pakistan Pashtuns instead of following their legendary leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, who is buried in Jalalabad, say they follow Pakistan’s tuberculosis infected leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah. These Pashtuns have earned themselves the title of Gul Khans, or dubious Pashtuns, as many Afghan, India and Baloch patriots believe Jinnah was a British agent.
Meanwhile, the stateless Baloch all over the world empathize with Afghanistan and are asking Washington DC, Kabul and New Delhi to make a joint strategy that includes freedom loving Baloch of Balochistan to defeat Pakistan terrorism.
(Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad called this writer the “prime minister of Balochistan” at an event at the Johns Hopkin SAIS in Washington some times back).