Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Give Them an Iron Fist

Following hard days in Afghanistan-Pakistan relations over assassination of Afghan chief negotiator, Afghan security officials have disclosed a bigger plot designed by Al Qaeda and Haqqani network members. Afghan security officials said Wednesday that they had arrested a group of infiltrators who tried to assassinate Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

President Karzai, who reiterated his government's determination to resist against terrorism on his two-day visit to India, seems to have recently changed his view of the Taliban and their allied terrorist groups. Since 2006, his administration has been struggling to win domestic and international supports for peace negotiations with Taliban.

Encouraged by president Karzai administration, the UN Security Council recently delinked Taliban and Al Qaeda network. However, the recently increasing high profile assassinations have demonstrated the inflexible identity of Taliban and other terrorist networks.

Alike in case of murder of his brother months ago in Kandahar, officials said that plotters included one of Karzai's bodyguards.

According to Afghan officials, the plotters who also included a university lecturer and students, were found with suicide vests and had been to North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal belt for training.

Although Officials said they didn't believe the plot was linked to the Taliban, terrorism has never been different in nature. The evil-minded attempt suggests certain sour realities.

First, militants have acutely infiltrated different levels of the Afghan security apparatus – as was demonstrated in several previous attempts. Secondly, terrorism will never be reliable to deal with or make offers to, and thirdly, Afghan government and the international community have committed irretrievable blunders in adopting an extremely soft tune against militants.

Taliban and all terrorist groups think of fighting against Afghan government and its allies as an irreversible process that, according to them, will inevitably lead to their final triumph.

A number of analysts believe that President Karzai's U-turn in negotiating with Taliban came too late to pay off. During the long period of Afghan government's pacifying practices towards militants, they reorganized militancy schemes and got enough opportunity to fiercely carry on their operations.

Attempts to assassinate president Karzai will neither be the last nor the least of what will happen to Afghanistan. Militants have asserted and the nation knows that peaceful approaches towards terrorists will never work out here. To concede, they need an "iron first".