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Containing Taliban: Path to Peace in Afghanistan
Perceptions,Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 2000-February 2001), pp 67-85
Reversing the tide of Islamic extremism in Afghanistan, and its regional and global fallout, is in the common interest of all the peace-loving nations of the democratic world. The genie of the Taliban can be put back in the bottle if the UN Security Council - particularly the United States, Russia and China who are equally concerned about the growing danger from the Taliban - shows the required political resolve and acts credibly against the religious militia. Reversing the tide of Islamic extremism in Afghanistan and its regional and global fallout is in the common interest of all the peace-loving nations of the democratic world. More so, doing so is in the interest of Pakistan, for whom the social, economic and political consequences of backing the Taliban have been horrific. Like the United States and Saudi Arabia, Islamabad should realise that supporting the Taliban has been its gravest foreign policy miscalculation to date. As for the peace settlement of Afghanistan through the creation of a broad-based governmental structure, it can never be realised as long as the Taliban remain at the helm of Afghan affairs. Full Text

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