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Taliban same on either side of Durand Line: Farhatullah Babar

June 24, 2016


Senator Farhatullah Babar Wednesday said dichotomy in state policy towards militants has brought Afghanistan and Pakistan close to dangerous collusion.

“Pakistan refuses to acknowledge that the Taliban ideology on both sides of the Durand Line is to destroy modern state structures. We also pretend that while Afghan Taliban are motivated to drive out foreign forces the Pakistani Taliban are seeking to destroy the state itself,” he said while addressing a at a seminar of Pak-Afghan relation in Islamabad Wednesday.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said it is this dichotomy in state policy that has led the two closest neighbors on the path of dangerous collusion. “Of course, Moulvi Fazlullah must be neutralised but so must be the successors of Mullah Mansoor in Pakistan,” he said.

He said Mullah Mansoor possessing Pakistani identity documents has raised serious questions about who has provided sanctuaries and protection to Afghan Taliban in Pakistan.

He said the discovery of identity and travel documents from dead Mansoor has dealt a blow to the narrative on sovereignty. “Where is sovereignty when the likes of Mansoor are freely using our land to launch attacks in Afghanistan,” he said.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said after hosting them for over three decades the claim that Afghan Taliban are hiding in refugee camps and therefore they must be repatriated does not arouse much credibility. “The successors of Mansoor are less likely to be found in the refugee camps; more likely they are to be found in well protected luxury compounds in Quetta and elsewhere also possessing Pakistani identity and travel documents,” he said.

Saying that Taliban ideology on both sides is the same, he added that why Pakistani Taliban were also attacking symbols of state power like lowering the Pakistani flag in Swat, attack on GHQ, naval and PAF installations as much as the Afghan Taliban attack their parliament, the President house and military installations. “Both have the same objectives, ideological roots and ideological leaders and both employ the same tactics,” he added.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif started on a very positive note by reaching out to Ashraf Ghani and publicly declaring in Kabul that Taliban destabilizing Afghan government were also the enemies of Pakistan. “Likewise Ashraf Ghani also started off on a positive note. He walked up to the GHQ disregarding protocol, sent Afghan cadets and his army chief to PMA Kakul and announced incentives for Pakistani entrepreneurs,” he added.

Senator Farhatullah Babar today a disillusioned Ashraf Ghani accuses Pakistan of double standards and blames it for launching an undeclared war against Afghanistan.

He said in utter frustration and in a knee jerk reaction we have resorted to unilateral border controls and are demanding repatriation of Afghan refugees. It is neither feasible nor advisable to throw out the refugees overnight. “We have not been able to register all the refugees yet- a task that must have been completed long ago,” he added.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said border management is a long term process requiring a long term and patient resolution with mutual consultation. It should not be seen as punishing Afghanistan for refusing to be subservient,” he added.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said a narrative is being fed that Pakistan cannot fight and talk at the same time with Taliban. “But there is another narrative also; we have allowed Afghan Taliban as part of terror franchise and at the same time demand a place for them in governance and on the negotiating table,” he added.