India-Pakistan step up air war, with conflicting claims being made. US calls for restraint.
New Delhi has been seeking an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled” peace process and settlement. But India has to participate in theprocess to shape it to its needs.
Then there is an economic angle which is hardly talked about in relation to the situation in Afghanistan, but it very important from the point of view of the future.
US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told the Afghan media that US and the insurgents had “agreed in principle on a couple of very important issues”, and said that Afghans must “seize the opportunity,”
“Afghans want an absolute ceasefire as soon as possible. The government had agreed a one-year ceasefire and the Taliban must accept their demand,” Bismillah Watandost, a member of the People for Peace Movement, told AFP.
India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral transit agreement in Tehran in May 2016, which allows them to connect each other through Chabahar Port, bypassing Pakistan.
Harsh Pant of the Observer Research Foundation has warned that a strengthened Taliban in Afghanistan could subsequently spread its influence to neighboring Pakistan and Kashmir, which would be bad news for India.
Since 2003, the Taliban of Afghanistan, have been seeing themselves not just as an insurgent group destroying everything and every institution that they consider “un-Islamic”, but also as an administrative group, delivering social, economic and other State-like services to people in areas under their control, even if only partially.
More time is needed to verify voter lists and train staff on a biometric identification system designed to reduce fraud, said Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, deputy spokesman for the Independent Election Commission.
Positive and constructive discussions were held between the three sides on full operationalization of the Trilateral Transit Agreement for international transit & transport through the Chabahar Port. They agreed on the routes for the trade and transit corridors between the three countries.