US Believes Corruption Of Afghan Government And Not The Taliban Is The Reason For Failure In Afghanistan
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A 2014 US report revealed that corruption posed the biggest danger to Afghanistan, not the Taliban.
A former commanding officer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization security mission in Afghanistan, General John Allen, said, “For too long we directed our attention entirely on the Taliban as the existential threat to Afghanistan. They are an annoyance. Making government institutions corruption-free must be your priority. Corruption is the dry rot of democracy.”
Over the past decade, numerous reports from the US government and international organizations have highlighted excessive corruption across Afghan state and society levels. Bribery at the district level by police, dissipating foreign aid by the Afghan political elite, and nepotism in hiring for positions reflect a lack of will within the Afghan government to serve people who are now turning to the Taliban.
The Afghan aristocracy has pulled America deeper into its domestic diplomacies, relying on foreign help and US military support for their durability. Recognizing how the United States was becoming trapped inside Afghanistan, Pakistan continued to advise the US for a mediated political settlement in Afghanistan.
It is primarily this encouragement by Pakistan to push the United States for a swift political settlement and peace in Afghanistan that involves all key stakeholders, including the Taliban, that led to the deepening of resentments in Afghanistan towards Pakistan and allegations of a “double game.”
Therefore, blaming Pakistan for the tacit support of the Taliban is a helpful tool to shift the burden of responsibility away from the colossal governance blunders of the Afghan government.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, stated, “the country which will be most affected by a riot in Afghanistan is Pakistan,” so there is still space for a negotiated political reconciliation for long-term peace.
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