The irrational approach caused US failures

India, a country far away from Afghanistan, having no border, no cultural links, no religious harmony, no common language, no common interests, and no basic understanding of Afghanistan, was irrationally chosen by the US to play important role in Afghanistan. Of course, India, having no will, no capability, and a greedy nation, caused a failure for the US in Afghanistan.

India protected its interests in Afghanistan, while paid by the US. India got lucrative projects and favored trade deals in Afghanistan. On the other hand, India opened 17 Consulates in Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan. India used Afghanistan soil to launch a proxy war, cross border terrorism, and anti-Pakistan activities. India got close ties with the Afghan Government, Afghan Army, especially with their Intelligence agency, and exploited all capabilities to destabilize ad harm Pakistan, while under the protection of the US.

Pakistan was a close ally of the US during the cold war and frontline ally during the Afghan war in the 1980s. War on terror, Pakistan was a non-NATO ally with the US. Pakistan was sincere with the US and protected its interests in this part of the world. Pakistan achieved all strategic goals for the US in this part of the world. The US acknowledges Pakistan’s contributions. The US political governments keep on changing but the deep state and US-establishment, know Pakistan’s capabilities, strategic importance, and vital contributions.

Pakistan shares waters, mountains, borders, religion, culture, traditions, language, history, and interests with Afghanistan. No one country on this earth can understand Afghanistan better than Pakistan. There is a track record of dealing with Afghanistan successfully. But, the US kicked out Pakistan from the Afghan issue and involved India. India knowing well its limitations and lack of capabilities, yet accepted their role in Afghanistan for pleasing the US and countering Pakistan.

Afghanistan is a landlocked country, Indian access to Afghanistan was through Iran.  that is why India invested in Chabahar port in Iran and got contracts for road & railway network in Iran. India also got Oil and Gas projects in Iran. India enjoyed favorable trade concessions and preferences by Iran. India also used Iran against Pakistan. India penetrated Iranian military and intelligence and used them against Pakistan. There are several strong shreds of evidence that Indians sent terrorists, spies, and insurgents from Iran into Pakistan. Notorious Indian spy Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a serving officer in the Indian Navy, entered Pakistan from the Iranian port of Chabahar.

Presented Donald Trump also complained about PM Modi that he kept on repeating Indian contribution in Afghanistan, by building a library in Kabul, whereas, Presented Trump wanted the Indian Army to fight against the Taliban.

While Pakistan is helping the US for a peace deal in Afghanistan and managed to bring the Taliban on negotiating table with America, and several rounds of talks already took placed in Doha, Qatar between the US and Taliban representatives. The US values Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace deal. Pakistan can play a vital role in the safety and honorable exit of the US from Afghanistan, without losing face.

India is creating hurdles in the Afghan peace process, as India foresee, not role in the future political set up in Afghanistan, and on the other hand, a stable and peaceful Afghanistan may not suits India. India was exploiting instability in Afghanistan to use its soils against Pakistan. India wanted to keep using Afghanistan, launching proxy, insurgency, and terrorism against Pakistan, so resisting peace and stability in Afghanistan. The US understands well the Indian evil designs but yet keeping India on their side to counter China.

Now, India is completely out of Iran, the Chabahar port is given to China for completion, The Rail & Road Network projects, oil and gas projects, etc., will be completed by China. After severing relations with Iran, India have no access to Afghanistan. In fact, India is facing isolation in this region, all of its neighbors and next to neighbors are at odds with India.

On the other hand, India has no will, no interest, and no capability to counter China at all. It is up to the US, if they still have an irrational approach, then they should be ready for more failures.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.