Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 01:34:56 pm
Pakistan has always supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process

Rahimullah Yusufzai (Expert on Afghan Affairs): Afghanistan is situated between central and south Asia but the instability in Afghanistan for the last four decades has badly affected the connectivity and growth rate of the countries in the region. It is a fact that peace and stability in the region is linked with peace and stability in Afghanistan. The stakeholders are making utmost efforts to ensure a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. However, the outcome of intra-Afghan dialogue is awaited and we must hope for the best. The United States is leaving Afghanistan after a period of almost two decades. The post-withdrawal scenario will be crucial. The Doha peace agreement should be followed in true letter and spirit. Pakistan is the immediate neighbour of Afghanistan and has always supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. There is a need to keep a close eye on peace-spoilers and such elements must be dealt with iron hands.