Is Afghanistan making a mistake by excluding India from the peace process?

Published: February 7, 2016
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With the new tête–à–tête with Pakistan, the Afghan president is likely to reduce India’s involvement in Afghanistan.

With the new tête–à–tête with Pakistan, the Afghan president is likely to reduce India’s involvement in Afghanistan. Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani asked leaders to try to reinvigorate regional cooperation.
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The International Crisis Group, an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation for resolving conflicts around the world recently convened a meeting on Peace and Security in Afghanistan under the aegis of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, on January 23 and 24, 2016, in Doha, Qatar. This was the second kind of such meeting organised by Pugwash to explore possible solutions to end the bloodshed in Afghanistan.

Doha Conference

At the Doha meeting, around 55 participants were present to discuss the possibility of hammering out a framework for a national reconciliation in Afghanistan. In a surprising development, the representatives of the Afghan Taliban, who had attended the conference, expressed their willingness to find a peaceful solution to end the internecine conflict in Afghanistan which had completely destroyed the economy.

What was a welcome development, to end this three decade long conflict, was the fact that the representatives also assured cooperation on various issues such as women’s rights and allowing US forces to stay in Afghanistan. They also expressed their willingness to any power sharing agreement that can be worked out by the government.

Furthermore, this will set the tone and tenor of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group, formed last year, with the governments of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States tasked to find a peaceful and lasting solution to end the crisis. The group is scheduled to meet on February 6th in Islamabad.

If the Afghan Taliban agree to implement the assurances given in Doha, we may see the Afghan Government agreeing for a power sharing mechanism as a part of the National Reconciliation process. It must also be mentioned that one of the reasons for the Afghan Taliban changing their tack is due to enormous pressure brought on it by the Pakistan Army.

Shift in Political Landscape

The political scene in Afghanistan has undergone a major shift ever since Ashraf Ghani was elected as president, succeeding Hamid Karzai, who was president for over a decade.

Hamid Karzai, a great friend of India, had always looked towards India for military assistance and developing infrastructural projects. In a far reaching policy formulated in 2005, he included India as Afghanistan’s security and strategic partner.

President Ashraf Ghani, in a courageous outreach to Pakistan after assuming office, sought their help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table. The president probably realised that without Pakistan’s help he would not be able to initiate a dialogue with the Taliban.

His sudden warming up to Pakistan had come as a big jolt to India, as Afghanistan always considered India as a friend and a strategic partner. Moreover, India had always considered Afghanistan as a perfect foil to Pakistan and had been assisting many infrastructural projects, apart from supplying arms and ammunitions. The Afghan military personnel also received training in India.

The second step he took was to make his first trip as president to China, where he sought China’s help to mediate talks with the Taliban. The Afghan president knows that China has a great influence over Pakistan and will do its utmost to persuade Pakistan to use its influence not only in reigning in the Taliban, but also to persuade the Taliban to be part of the new government.

Setting up of Peace and Reconciliation Process

Thirdly, the Afghan president has given his total support to the Chinese recommendation of creating a peace and reconciliation forum, where representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States will find ways to restore peace and stability in the troubled region.

China has considerable interest in the region since its ambitious strategic initiative of the One Belt, One Road. Moreover, a stable Afghanistan will help them tap into the rich mineral deposits in Afghanistan. A stable Afghanistan can weaken the Islamist militants fomenting trouble in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, which borders both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mr Ghani, who had earlier served in the cabinet of former President Hamid Karzai, is aware of the challenges in managing the trilateral relationship. In a recent move, he suspended India’s offer of military hardware, supply of helicopters and training of Afghan cadets. Instead he approached Pakistan to provide training to the Afghan cadets.

In a quid-pro gesture, the president has agreed to come down heavily on Tehrik-e-Taliban, an umbrella organisation of various Islamist militant groups based along the Afghan border. This outfit has been indulging in various acts of terror in Pakistan, including the terror attacks on the Army Public School in Peshawar, where over 144 innocent children had died.

General Raheel Sharif recently visited Afghanistan and met with the president, prime minister and other senior military leaders in order to discuss plans to end cross-border terrorism, especially organisations operating from Afghanistan. General Raheel has promised to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table in order to end the bloody conflict in the region. Further, he has taken steps to act against the Islamic organisations involved in terror attacks in Afghanistan.

With the new tête–à–tête with Pakistan, the Afghan president is likely to reduce India’s involvement in Afghanistan. Moreover, under pressure from Pakistan, he has already suspended the supply of helicopters and other military equipment.

Although, China’s inclusion in the peace process is a welcome step in bringing lasting peace and stability in the region, the peace process would have had a larger impact if India had been included in the process, as India enjoys tremendous goodwill with Afghanistan.

India should extend all possible cooperation for the peace process

Even if Afghanistan does not take India’s help, India should extend its full cooperation to the peace initiative, as a stable Afghanistan would bring lasting peace and prosperity in the entire region. India should realise that as international terrorist organisations are trying to gain a foothold in Afghanistan, it would make sense to support the Afghan Taliban, despite ideological differences.

Additionally, a peaceful Afghanistan will bring to fruition the much awaited pipeline from Iran.

If India and Pakistan can also forge close cooperation, we will be unfolding a new chapter in the region not only for peace in the region, but also to bring prosperity to the people of South and Central Asia.

K S Venkatachalam

K S Venkatachalam

The author is an independent journalist and political commentator. He tweets as @Venkat48 (twitter.com/venkat48)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Keyboard Soldier

    India just wants pakistani generals to stop being so anti-india, but its not possible, because the entire structure of the pakistani state is based on hatred against the hindus.

    All this commotion is just another way to waste more time on fruitless outcomes.

    The primary cell of the problem lies in the anti-india genes of the pakistani establishment. Until that changes – which is sort of like mission impossible – nothing can come of such meetings cum tea-seminars.
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  • vinsin

    Ashraf Ghani is a pragmatic person. India assistance can be consider as a Jizya. India goodwill is non-practical in the long run as India has no border connecting to Afghan, also India is strategically poorly located compare to Afghan and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Feroz

    Why should India become involved in the Peace talks, which are bogged down in quicksand and going nowhere ? Problems of Afghanistan including who rules there is for Afghans and no one else to decide, through the democratic means available to them. India has standing and respect in Afghanistan because it has limited its efforts to aiding nation building projects there, not for interfering in their internal affairs. Better it stays that way.Recommend

  • Vectra

    Just sit down and enjoy the show because 1st lets see what comes out of so called meeting, after all India’s objective is already accomplished so no worry i.e people to people contact and people of Afganistan siding with India.As for this meeting just have popcorn and watch the show.Recommend

  • Raj – USA

    I have said somewhat on the same lines in few of my comments but ET trashed them all.
    USA, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Iran should only be the ones that should be included in the Afghan peace talks. China should be excluded. China has no understanding of Islam or muslims. Muslims hate China for what it has done to muslims in China. It has almost wiped out Islam and muslims in China. It may have military and economic power but has no goodwill amongst muslims of in islamic countries. Even in Pakistan, other than in the political and military elite, China is not liked. It is only because of Pakistan that China is included in the Afghan peace talks.

    India and Iran can use the enormous goodwill prevailing in the Afghan population to bring peace and prosperity to the region. Previous Indian government under Manmohan Singh was timid and shy to get involved in the quagmire, but Modi’s government is bold and brave. Iran is now raising to power very fast and will be very influential. India and Iran have much more cultural bonding with Afghanistan and China is far off culturally from Afghanistan. Bollywood movies and songs are popular in Afghanistan and Iran. Even talibans love Bollywood songs. When Pakistan’s army attacked taliban bases in Waziristan, they found several CD’s of popular Bollywood songs, like songs from Ashique-2, etc., in the taliban hideouts. For many decades, many afghan music groups would translate bollywood songs to pushtu language and play it in their parties. There are few such Afghan groups here in USA also and I have attended some of their parties. Even five decades ago, hindi movies of Dara Singh and Mumtaz were the most popular both in Afghanistan and Iran. Cultural attachment with India in both Afghanistan and Iran goes back many, many decades. India has a huge muslim population and muslims in India enjoy the most rights, privileges and peace than anywhere else in the world, even including islamic countries.The main reason for this is the cultural bonding that exists in India. This bonding is a lot more important, can bring more positive results, and can nullify religious divide. Pakistanis themselves complain that Afghanistan has better relationship with India though Pakistan and Afghanistan are both islamic. If the objective is to make Afghanistan a democratic country, how can it be achieved by bringing in communist China with a military government. Perhaps, Pakistan’s de-facto military rule is also a hindrance in building a good relationship between the two.Recommend

  • Buck

    What a weak argument. India should be part of the peace process because they gave aid to Afghanistan? By that logic, the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Norway (all of whom donated more aid than India) as well as 11 other donor countries also have a right to be part of these talks – but you don’t hear them crying about being excluded.
    Afghanistan and India don’t have a common border and have a significant geographical separation – so why is India obsessed with Afghanistan?Recommend

  • Shahid

    Excluding WHO ????Recommend

  • Striver

    This article is a good succinct summary of recent events reported in the media. Concluding paragraph seems to suggested India has had to accept the reality that it has no role in Afghanistan.
    Pakistan had told Carter and then Bush junior to sort out the mess before leaving Afghanistan. Had they listened then, peace would have prevailed.Recommend

  • ahsan yousaf

    India has no stake in afghanistan apart from using its territory against Pakistan by funding Proxys like TTP from there. the irony is that Modi isthe first to condemn them which always angers me.Recommend

  • Sami

    So why India wants to be a part of Internal Affairs of Afghanistan?. Will you accept when some country will try to do the same with India?. So gave India the right to interfere in any other country?Recommend

  • Rohan

    Of course and Karzai is right in wanting India,Russia and Iran in the peace talks.
    Pakistan created terrorists like Afghan Taliban and haqqani network for strategic depth so it’s laughable that Pakistan wants peace, more like pieceRecommend

  • Shahid

    EXCLUDE WHO ???????Recommend

  • Milind A

    Actually most Afghans have a favourable opinion about India and a negative one of Pakistan… However Ghani seems to be a Pakistani puppet and inclined towards Pakistan.. But no worries… Given Pakistan’s history of duplicity, Ghani will be back to us… Even if he doesn’t no harm.. Let both of them sort out the mess they themselves have created…Recommend

  • Asad

    India is sending its terrorists via Afghanistan to Pakistan. It’s high that that Afghanistan should stop India from using its soil against Pakistan.Recommend

  • rationalist

    Who gave Pakistan to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs for the past three decades?Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Afghanistan is a basket case. They are living in the 7th. century. There
    is nothing there except 7 sheep, 8 cows and 200 donkeys. The 4 million
    Afghans, shifted to Pakistan. Where they loot, plunder and rob banks.
    Hindustan is there, to meddle in Pakistan’s affairs. Only reason. Period.
    So you are on the dot. Besides Hindustan supports, nurtures, supplies
    and equips all the major terrorist outfits in Pakistan. Their consulates,
    approximately 14 of them, are all near the Pak border. [you will not find
    ‘these’ consulates on ANY website. Even if you Google] These are, the
    supplies, equipment, and ammunition depots for extremists/terrorists.
    Double Abdullah, is the main Afghan warlord, [with Bharatis] involved here.
    D Abdullah, also gives succor to Mullah Radio, also known as Mullah Diesel
    or Mullah Fazl ullah. [The real architect of the APS massacre in Peshawar.]
    According to the blogger’s logic, they should include Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, and any other country laying around there.
    One big happy family, dancing the Bhangra with Lord Modi.Recommend

  • Rashid

    The former rulers and national heroes of Afghanistan like Mehmood Ghazanvi, Shahabuddin Ghauri, Ahmed Shah Abdali all are portrayed as bandits, dacaits and barbarians in the India’s curriculum books and by Indian historians. While the same Afghan national heroes are imposed as heroes in Pakistani curriculam books as well as modern Pakistan historians. Even the names of Pakistani missiles are on the names of these Afghan national heroes.

    But ironically Afghanistan has always sided with India to destabilize Pakistan and was also fully supported by the former Soviet Union.Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    give us proof Recommend

  • Sami

    No country has the right to interfere in internal affairs of other countries. The situation of Pakistan and Afghanistan is different. In the bordering region there is one region that is disputed to an extent and the Durand line based border have to be worked upon with a joint strategy to counter terrorism. India has no border with Afghanistan, so it should stop meddle in the affairs of Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Vinod

    Where is your proof?Recommend

  • Vinod

    These invaders raped your mothers and you call them your heros.Recommend

  • Bana Post

    Yes world countries know well about India”s role in pakistan s terror problem and they are silent on that why Pakistan should feel the pain of terrorism.Such Indian sponsored terror strike will continue unabated till u bleed to death.Do you think you alone can train terrorist and send them to other states You have no face and role in international politics except licking the boots of you Arab bosses who consider u nothing but mercenary state. Afghanistan and Indian combination would be deadly and devastating wait and watch.Recommend

  • Abubakar

    then , give us proof of Pak involvement in 26/11, Pathankot,Recommend

  • Bana Post

    Yes we send .India (was) is and will be sending terrorist to Pakistan till u you bleed to death. Do you think that u enjoy monopoly over terrorism ?.Such Indian sponsored terror strike will continue unabated in the future.You are very vulnerable than us in every aspect.India and Afghanistan combination would be deadly and devastating. You cannot bear if we take the situation to the next stage. We dont need bombs and missiles to dismantle your terror net work. EVERY ONE HAS VULNERABLE AND BREAKING POINT BUT PAKISTAN HAS TOO MANY Hope ET will flash my standRecommend

  • Nitin Jadhav

    India already has an Airforce base in Tajikistan , Letting Afghanistan on its own, should not matter to India .Recommend

  • Pro Truth

    India trying to convince Afghans and Americans to exclude Pakistan has not worked after a decade of war and covert operations against Pakistan and loss of huge number of lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Now give Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and USA a chance to bring peace to this instead of India playing proxy wars through Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Pro Truth

    you mean to say India and Indian generals are not Anti-Pakistan?
    Pakistani Generals has to be Anti India thats their very purpose to defend against only enemy in the region.

    Issue is, Pakistan does not like India to open another front of war on its western borders but India insist on keeping this proxy wars using Afghanistan soil!Recommend

  • Pro Truth

    Oh yes Karzai the puppet of India surely want that! Why should world even listens to Karzai when he failed to do anything in his double tenure apart from amassing billions of dollars in his personal account.Recommend

  • Agrippa – The Skeptic

    Afghanistan?Recommend

  • Agrippa – The Skeptic

    … and Pakistan?
    India would like Afghanistan to settle down as a country – all the aid has been for infrastructure and education.Recommend

  • Agrippa – The Skeptic

    … and the Durand line based border have to be worked upon with a joint strategy to counter terrorism …
    and this is where you take your right to have your strategic depth in Afghanistan and to decide who should interact with Afghanistan.
    Why don’t you just leave it to Afghanis to decide whom they want to befriend?Recommend

  • LS

    Your government has already been given the proof of your involvement which led JeM leader to be house arrested and several Madarsas to be sealed. So your asking for proof is NOT needed and your government has what it needs. Secondly, Your government is sending a team to Pathankot to inquire further.Recommend

  • LS

    One more thing Pakistan’s need for “PROOF” is insatiable. CIA went ahead and prosecuted Daood Sayed Gilani aka David Coleman Headly based on intelligence sharing between US and India and Pakistan won’t take Voice Samples as proof because it has NO intentions of Procecuting them.. If I want to stall I can keep saying give me proof, give me proof…

    And What does Pakistan Provide as a proof? A bottle of Indian made Medicine imported by Pakistan and sold all over Karachi Pharmacies… Really? That shows the competence..Recommend

  • LS
  • LS

    Who gave Pakistan a right to send insurgents in Afghanistan in 1972 to control the Afghans? Who gave Pakistan the right to decide for Afghans who they should be friends with and who they cannot befriends with? Or How many consulates India wants in there…? At least India is NOT involved in destabilizing Afghanistan like Pakistan has been doing since last 47 years. So Remind me why is PAKISTAN IN AFGHANISTAN? WHY ARE Terrorists causing havoc in Afghanistan come from Pakistan?Recommend

  • LS

    What this author says does not mean that is what is the policy of India. We want to have a relation with Afghans and Afghans want to have relationship with India. We have a constructive relationship with them where we BUILD things for them, like Hospitals, Dams, Parliament buildings, roads. We are NOT sending terrorists to Afghanistan.

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  • LS

    Well you can only offer them so much – if they are bent upon being ruled over by Pakistan — so be it we can always close our embassies there and let them figure out who is their friend and who is their real enemy… Recommend

  • LS

    What a weak argument – Is a common border between two countries a measure for obsession? Everyone wants a government that is conducive to them or will favor them be it construction projects or development. Recommend

  • LS

    This is a new line from Pakistan that I am hearing.. I thought CIA, MOSAD, MI5 and MI6 were being blamed until 2012-2013. Now that these lines do not work or have served the purpose you guys seem to have invented something new.. Raw is involved – What happened to your worlds best secret service that cannot seem to find a single evidence? At least Indians know who is involved the moment it takes place with their telephone numbers, voice samples, Chat transcripts and who they were talking to… ISI simply does not know any of that.

    So until you find an evidence – there is no need to be fidgety. Don’t push your problems on us. You are responsible for breeding them. You deal with them.Recommend

  • Bharat Indian

    Afghanis will kick out Ghani in next elecions.Recommend

  • jerseybbt

    india shares no border with afghanistan, no cultural-religious-ethnic-linguistic similarity or anything, in short india has nothing to do with afghanistan, it should mind its own businessRecommend

  • feedback

    Actually the mistake is not including US in the talks. It’s high time RAW and ISI should be controlled by CIA. The common citizens are tired of the defense budgets. USA should realize this as a super power and should appoint a field marshall over the Army heads in both countries. The british left us with their generals in 1947 the only way to get them sorted out is by USA.Recommend

  • feedback

    I say, rather giving proofs to each other, lets call CIA to get both RAW and ISI into their senses.Recommend

  • raheel

    If they stop being anti india, from where they will earn, how will they have their empires, the only way out is to ask USA to intervene and assign CIA to pin point all the corrupt generals and their activities.Recommend

  • general

    Vinod, I am a Pakistani, people like Ahsan are on the payroll of that lal topi drama known as zaid hamid. Their whole motive is misguide international community so that these corrupt generals can do their corruption behind the scene. They own 70 percent of the business in Pakistan. The only way they are getting away with this is by putting everything on India or RAW, so that common men can be fooled and consider them the savior, they are behind every terrorist attack in Pakistan. In simple words, they have made terrorism necessity for anti terrorism in Pakistan. So just stop arguing with these clowns and post your comments separately so people get to read them.Recommend

  • Chitral wala

    Comment forwarded to ISPR, Sindh CM secretariat, PM secretariat,
    Interior Ministry, JI, JUL-F, PML-N, MQM, PPP,ANP, NAP, PEMBRA
    PML-Q., PTI
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  • ak

    A bad time for your rhetoric.yesterday David headley gave his deposition in US implicating Pakistan’s role in 26/22. Mind it he is in US jail. Also Hafeej Saeed is UN declared terrorist roaming freely in Pakistan (I am sure UN declared him after believing proofs against him, no?)
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  • ak

    well it seems you have scant regard for History.Not your fault.Recommend

  • ak

    You must be joking.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Ur darling David Headley confessed and spilled beans of your involvement in Mumbai attacks.Recommend

  • Milind A

    Afghanistan was a flourishing land before 1979.. Afghans had a secular outlook, women were proficient in multiple languages, tourists flocked there. They were unfortunate.Recommend

  • Asad

    Mumbai was an inside job, check out Ajmal Kasab video on youtube and listen his accent, no where in Pakistan such an accent is spoken. And then your own official stated that Mumbai was an inside job(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-behind-Parliament-attack-26/11-Ishrat-probe-officer/articleshow/21062116.cms)
    Do you believe this or not?
    I am sure you wont because you don’t want to..Recommend

  • Asad
  • naeemhussain

    The evidence has been given to your former PM Man Mohan Singh as well as to UNORecommend

  • FAZ

    David Headley gave involvement of LeT and its operatives in Pakistan and not the Pakistani government or its agencies. I suggest you should check other news channels than of Indian origin for the truth. His testimony can and will be used against prosecution of LeT which is already in hot waters within Pakistan. Let is a non state actor and a terrorist organization similar to TTP.Recommend

  • Rohan

    Are u his tax advisor?Recommend

  • Asad

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-behind-Parliament-attack-26/11-Ishrat-probe-officer/articleshow/21062116.cms

    Your own government is fooling you, oh I forget you guys actually like it being fooled and accept it whole heartedly!Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Nope. You are not a Pak. Recommend

  • Bana Post

    You did not accept the bodies of Pak soldiers during kargil crisis then how u wil accept David headley testimony The whole world is watching you and your drama. In this world such a type of drama will be laughed with shame by others. Even a small Islamic states shows signs of progress.But you people going back to stone ageRecommend

  • MJ

    In 2011 Taliban, who don’t control any ports or patrol any seas attacked Karachi Naval base and destroy no other planes other than the 2 Submarine surveillance Orion aircraft. The only country that was threatened by these two planes was India. I can go on about the 6 other attacks in Pakistan on military installments but Indian involvement in Pakistan is too hard to admit by Pakistani apologists or Indian frequent visitors to our Newspapers.Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    we have rejected those proofs.Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    so why did your media state that kasab was pakistani? it is your own prime minister zardari accepted that kasab was pakistani.
    you muslims are good for conspiracy theories. Recommend

  • rationalising argument.

    we gave . you rejected. whatever proof you give we will throw it in the dustbin.Recommend

  • ak

    Aha..So now “ISI” is a non-state actor? Because last head David Headley explicitly implicated ISI handlers..Perhaps next you might say Pakistan is not even your nation, no?

    Being willfully blind is not an excuse. Request you to read David Headley’s testimony in the US Prison.BTW LET operatives are freely roaming, designated terrorirst Hafeej Saeed gives interviews in Pakistani channels but never arrested.Lakhvi fathers a kid while serving prison.So stop this charade, Pakistan is doomed because of its own policies of supporting killers.Do you think these killers would spare your kids?One word , “Peshawar”. Open your eyes, smell the coffee and stop this mullah-ismRecommend

  • Bibloo

    YOU mean Hindu Desh? Bharat?
    You did’nt mean Nepal? Did you?Recommend

  • Bibloo

    Should’nt the Hindustanis be thinking about building toilets?
    There is a severe shortage of in Bharat. Only 43% have use
    of a toilet. Otherwise, there are the fields or looonnng lines.
    Why supply “infra structure” aid to Afghanistan?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Dead link.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Why do you name your missiles on Afghans?Recommend

  • LS

    No – YOURecommend

  • LS

    What is it about Pakistani’s and Toilets? you should worry about your 150 Million toilet less people in your country… out of 300 Million population. Not the fudged data your country submits to the world telling your population is less than 200 Million but exclude AJK, GB, FATA, large parts of Balochistan where most of the poor live? Nice try Joker.. Feed your hungry people first. They need to eat in order to go to toilet… Dozens die every day of hunger.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    If comment forwarding was a ladder, it would have been so long by now that you would be the first Pakistani on Moon.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    When you are ashamed of your own past, you end up borrowing heroes and justifying them.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    That’s funny mate.

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  • Swaadhin

    If you are right, your interior minister of the time must be the biggest joker in the world for accepting that the attack was carried out from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “Let is a non state actor and a terrorist organization similar to TTP.”

    Are you being serious now?

    The former leaders of TTP, Baitullah Mehsud and Hakimullah Mehsud were the most wanted men of Pakistan before they eventually met their fate

    The present leader, Maulana Fazlullah is most probably in hiding in Afghanistan.

    The founder of LeT, Hafiz Saeed is roaming freely in Pakistan preaching hatred and bleeding innocents across the border. Go and read Hussain Hakkani and Ayesha Siddiqa and you would know ISI’s relationship with LeT.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    For a very long time, you guys were sitting in your drawing rooms and enjoying Indian blood being shed on its streets and thinking the Baniya as you would like to address the Indians especially Hindus can’t respond in kind, I can imagine you being hurt to see the tables turning on you.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Jinnah was a Sunni because he converted to Sunni Islam just before he died. Sounds good, isn’t it?

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  • Swaadhin

    Yes India has a base but it does not have any offensive capabilities there.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Sitaram Yechury is extremely unhappy with you comrade, he thinks it should not be CIA but “Ping Ting Ching”, the Chinese counterpart of CIA.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    You have everything to do with Saudi Arabia because of a hallucination called Ummah but we the Indians have nothing to do with Gandhar which is presently called Kandahar.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    He is not a bad leader, he made some concessions to Pakistan.

    Ghani being soft on Pakistan compared to his predecessor does not make him anti Indian.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “YOU mean Hindu Desh? Bharat?”

    I have a friend by your name in Bangla Desh! Former East Pakistan.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “India has no border with Afghanistan, so it should stop meddle in the affairs of Afghanistan.”

    India builds a parliament, dams and schools and you blame India for meddling in Afghanistan’s affairs.

    You must have a different definition of this word.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “The 4 million Afghans, shifted to Pakistan. Where they loot, plunder and rob banks.”

    When you celebrate plunderers and looters as devine conquerors and name your missiles after them , you should not have a problem accepting more of the same.Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    Pakistan is the last country to take lessons on peace from.

    Osama is gone, just a matter of time before Al Zawahiri is caught in Pakistan itself.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Absolutely correctRecommend

  • aks

    I don’t understand this Pak fascination about Indian Toilets. I keep reading about lack of toilets in India. In one year 3 lakh toilets were built in schools. Yes it’s a problem that we accept and are addressing aggressively. But holding lack of toilet as an excuse to demonise Indian Growth in IT or Space is laughable. We are working hard to deal with our problems but your fascination with only one of our problems is such a joke. I don’t see Indians making fun of Polio cases in Pak or malnutrition deaths in Thar. Let alone lack of toilets. Please raise the level of your argument.Recommend

  • aks

    I hope ET publishes this comment

    I don’t understand this Pak fascination about Indian Toilets. I keep reading about lack of toilets in India. In one year 3 lakh toilets were built in schools. Yes it’s a problem that we accept and are addressing aggressively. But holding lack of toilet as an excuse to demonise Indian Growth in IT or Space is laughable. We are working hard to deal with our problems but your fascination with only one of our problems is such a joke. I don’t see Indians making fun of Polio cases in Pak or malnutrition deaths in Thar. Let alone lack of toilets. Please raise the level of your argument.
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  • rationalising argument.

    i reject all your proof categorically.Recommend

  • Amjad Khan

    This is factually wrong, I am Afghani. We love Pakistan and there is a deep suspicion about India. Half of my family lives in Pakistan.Recommend