Experts advocate engagement policy for Afghanistan
A webinar on the Taliban regime held at the University of Peshawar here on Saturday called for adopting an engagement policy to avert any economic, political and security crisis in Afghanistan.
Afghan Voice agency (AVA)_It was arranged by the varsity’s department of international relations and moderated by Ahmad.
Speaking on this occasion, Elizabeth Threlkeld, director of the South Asian Programme, Stimson Centre, Washington DC, shared her viewpoint on the US-Pakistan relations in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
She said the roadmap towards future relations between the two countries was lined with mutual interest. However, securitisation remained the modus operandi of their respective foreign policies towards each other.
She said Pakistan and the US were in a ‘carrots versus sticks’ conundrum on Afghanistan under the Taliban, and hence, no warmer relations were expected in the near future.
Dr Felipe Pathe Duarte, Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Nova School of Law, Lisbon, presented the European perspective on the Taliban regime
Dr Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwardi, Chairman of the Department of International Relations, shared his findings about Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
He stressed the need for an engagement policy first over a direct recognition policy of the international community towards the Taliban regime. In that way, rather than viewing the Taliban regime through a critical lens, any crisis may be averted by economic, political, security, and social engagement with the , he explained.
In the converse scenario, the Taliban may lose Afghanistan into such pockets as safe havens for once more capable of launching attacks around the world, he asserted.