Many Afghans fear the return of the Taliban, which imposed strict interpretations of Islamic law that included a ban on women's education during their tenure in power(1996-2001).
“With the opening of the Chabahar route, Afghanistan’s exports will increase from the current US$ 1 billion to US$ 2 billion next year” Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan had said.
SCO should identify and assess the presence of terrorist groups and their support infrastructure in the SCO region. Then it should map out a results-oriented counter-terrorism plan of action for adoption by the SCO, says M.Ashraf Haidari.
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.