New video game in Afghanistan: Satisfy strategic ambitions of royal powers

Peace in the war-torn Afghanistan would remain a far-off dream, as foreign forces are not likely to exit whenever quickly and external impacts would continue to fuel instability and violence there. The Joe Biden administration comprehends that if the United States and other allies withdrew from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, as imagined in the Doha contract of February 29 last year, China, a tough economic and military power, would combine its position there.In truth, the hope for lasting peace vaporized not long after the arrangement, as the Taliban stepped up violence in the last quarter of 2020 for a much better bargain during negotiations with the Ashraf Ghani federal government. However at the exact same time, it ensured that no damage concerned foreign forces so that there was no reason for the US to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement.But this is what the United States and its allies appear to be planning. Prior to doing so, the US required to speak with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries, who likewise have a significant presence there. It was then sensible that the US secretary of defence Lloyd J Austin made his very first get in touch with assuming workplace to the NATO basic secretary, Jens Stoltenberg. Later on, briefing the media on February 19, a day after the very first virtual conference of NATO defence ministers, Austin echoed the sentiments of his president that the organisation faces “challenges, consisting of a resurgent Russia’s disruptive innovations, environment modification, the continuous war in Afghanistan, the relentless threat of terrorism, and a progressively aggressive China”. On Afghanistan, Austin clarified that no choice about the future force posture had actually been made.Earlier, on January 28, US secretary of state Antony Blinken spoke with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and hinted that the United States was examining the February 2020 agreement to determine whether the Taliban were measuring up to their dedications to cut ties with terrorist groups, lower violence and to engage meaningfully with the Afghan government. The same message was duplicated a day later on by the White House nationwide security advisor Jake Sullivan to his equivalent in Afghanistan.Meanwhile, in anticipation of the United States withdrawal, China had synchronised its position with that of Pakistan on Afghanistan. In the joint declaration released after the conference between the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan on August 22, 2020, China valued Pakistan’s contribution to the Afghan peace procedure. Returning the favour, Pakistan supported “China’s core interests and issues of major issue, such as those associated to Taiwan, Xinjiang Tibet and Hong Kong”. Utilizing Pakistan’s influence, China is eager to access the mineral wealth of Afghanistan by incorporating it into the Belt and Road Initiative and also protect its own soft underbelly in Xinjiang province. The suggested change in the United States policy is a shot in the arm of Ashraf Ghani and a problem to the ambitions of the Taliban.A day prior to the NATO meeting, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy leader of the Taliban, in an open letter, called upon the United States to honour the Doha agreement. He warned that the Taliban would not permit anybody to interfere in their internal affairs and would protect the land of Afghanistan and its people. Sadly, no one appears to be thinking about the plight of individuals of Afghanistan, who, for years, continue to suffer due to financial, political and strategic ambitions of world powers and neighbours like Pakistan. Mineral wealth of the country is the new attraction.According to a New York Times report entitled ‘United States Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan– published on June 10, 2010– the US had estimated the untapped mineral wealth to be in the variety of nearly $1 trillion. Besides other metals, Afghanistan is also believed to have big deposits of lithium, which is important for making batteries utilized for smart phones, laptops and electric vehicles. Therefore, the US and Chinese corporates are competing to access large reserves of lithium.In anticipation, the worth of the US electric cars and truck manufacturer Tesla soared to $516 billion early this year, making Elon Musk, its chief executive, the richest person on the planet. Likewise, if China needs to stay the largest producer of smart phones, it would require lithium in abundance. The brand-new fantastic game in Afghanistan is not just for fulfilling strategic ambitions of royal powers but likewise to help with loot for their respective corporates. The mineral wealth belongs to individuals of Afghanistan and none of the foreign entities and even the Taliban have any claim over it. It likewise uses to Ashraf Ghani, a previous World Teller. It can just be used to reconstruct the nation after true democracy settles.

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