“Pakistan has resolved to wipe out terror from its soil: Nawaz Sharif.”
[Things with Pakistan are never what they seem to be. For Pakistan, wiping out terror means fighting only with those who wage war against Pakistan, purposely overlooking any other terrorists which Pakistan uses against others. In Pakistan’s logic, “good” terrorists are seen as strategic assets. Strategic assets are those who represent the Army’s will in struggles in the nearly lawless Tribal Region and in struggles in adjacent states, anywhere where the Pak Army generals believe killing is called for.
The only reason that Pakistan has not sent their Taliban assets to the peace talks is that it would reveal Pakistan’s real hold over the terrorist organization. ISI/CIA cannot continue to play both parts in the Taliban soap opera, that of both Taliban “peacemakers” and also the Taliban sponsors. Pakistan plays a media game, trying to convince the world that it is struggling to force the Taliban to the table under threat of expulsion from Tribal Region, when in fact, the Pak Army is merely “allowing” the Taliban to enter peace talks with the Ghani govt. Under cover of these contrived negotiations, Pakistan is getting everything it ever wanted in Afghanistan without having to give-up anything.
By helping Washington to torpedo any meaningful peace which might have been obtained by the previous Karzai govt, Islamabad has been allowed to use Afghanistan to its own advantage, serving as a dumping ground for Pakistan’s TTP problem. In the process, Pakistan has been allowed to use Western media to sanitize its own image, with the cooperative Western media pretending that its military “operation” in North Waziristan signals a change of behavior, and an end to the Army’s protection of the Afghan Taliban. Zarb e-zarb operation enabled the Army to turn its local Taliban menace into Afghanistan’s problem, while redefining the Pakistani Taliban as “ISIS,” all of this, while giving the Afghan Taliban of Mullah Mansour a new lease on life. (SEE: “The reality, however, is that Pakistan continues to play both arsonist and victim.” ).]
Faridoon Hanafi, a former Taliban commander who recently joined the peace process, said that Pakistan is mobilizing and equipping the Taliban and that the group takes its orders from Islamabad.
Hanafi, who had his new-born baby wrapped in an Afghan flag, on Saturday publically announced his support for his country.
He said he had been a Taliban fighter for six years.
“I have seen with my own eyes that Taliban gets its orders from Pakistan and even Punjabis admired me many times for my hard work and gave me money,” said Hanafi.
After fighting against government forces for six years, Hanafi now expresses his regret.
“When I transferred to Nangarhar I saw that all Pakistan’s words are lies and they want to destroy my country and my home and I find out that they are wrong, so I decided to support government programs and I stopped fighting and I joined the peace process,” Hanafi added.
Hanafi has two brothers, both of whom were in the Afghan forces. One of his brothers died in a battle with the Taliban.
“One of my brothers was in the army and he died in a war with the Taliban. The other one is still in the army and now I encourage my brother to serve the county with Afghan forces,” Hanafi added.
Hanafi has meanwhile called on other Taliban fighters to lay down their arms and join the peace process and take part in Afghanistan’s reconstruction process.
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