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Arsalan Altaf

The Express Tribune

Published Date: Dec 11, 2014

Future of Afghanistan: Regionalism is the way forward

ISLAMABAD: Diplomats and
international security experts said that future of South and Central
Asian regions depends on peace and stability in Afghanistan.

They were speaking at a panel on “Role of Afghanistan in Regional
Security” as part of the three-day “Pathways to Sustainable Development”
conference, organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI) on Wednesday.

US Institute of Peace South Asia Programme Director Moeed Yusuf said
that Afghanistan was going to be dependent on international aid for the
foreseeable future. “The problem is that the international community is
growing disinterested in Afghanistan and no new money is being pledged
for the country.”

He said most war funding would be diverted to address the new threat
presented by Islamic State. With fading international assistance, Yusuf
said the only option for Afghanistan was to connect with its neighbours.
“Regionalism works. The issue, however, is that Machiavellian politics
dominate the minds of those who matter in this region.”

Before commenting on the subject, Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai
said that Afghanistan should be referred to as a country and not an

The ambassador said that his country had undergone a profound change
over the past 30 years. “The Afghanistan of 2015 is different from the
Afghanistan of 2001. The change was manifested in the recent
presidential elections with turnout of over 60 per cent, and 38 per cent
were women.”

He said the new government in Kabul was keen to increase trade with
Pakistan and the rest of the world. “We are determined to revive
Afghanistan’s role as a land bridge between south and central Asia.”

He said Pak-Afghan relations made more progress during President Ghani’s two-day visit to Islamabad than the last 30 years.

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