China, Russia and Pakistan are reportedly coming closer to signing a formal agreement on how to handle Afghanistan soon.
According to Pakistani daily The Express Tribune, Moscow will be holding a meeting with officials from Islamabad and Beijing later this month to discuss the Afghan problem.
The reason, as cited by Pakistani dailies, is the supposed failure of United States in bringing stability to the war-torn region.
The three countries also suspect that the United State may be using Islamic State fighters who are trickling into Afghanistan as proxy to counter both China and Russia.
Pakistani officials believe that the United States is planning to prolong the conflict in Afghanistan so that regional instability keeps Pakistan and China busy and they are unable to take forward their objectives.
Quoting a defense analyst, the report says that complications in the region has made “Pakistan reach out to Russia and other regional countries”. (One of the “other” is Iran.)
The analyst claimed that Islamabad has told Washington of the three-nation intervention if Trump administration does nothing.
Russia has been establishing close ties with the Taliban in order to bring peace between the terror group and Afghanistan government. Experts say that Moscow is of the impression that allying with the Taliban will help it keep Islamic State at bay.
The main reason, however, is to prove to the United States that Russia is a force which must be taken seriously in the highly volatile region.
The problem is that Pakistan is the supporter of Taliban in Afghanistan.
In December last year, Afghan President Asraf Ghani had slammed Pakistan for its direct support to the Taliban in his country while rejecting a $500 million monetary aid offered by Islamabad.
“Pakistan has generously pledged 500 million dollars for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. This fund could very well be used for containing extremism, because without peace any amount of assistance will not meet the needs of our people,” Ghani had curtly told Islamabad.
New Delhi, too, has been drawing attention of the world to Pakistan’s hand in nurturing and arming terror groups in the region against both Afghanistan and India.
The fact remains that Islamic State and Taliban (or al-Qaeda) are all terror groups and they is no distinction between them as far as security is concerned.
China remains a steadfast ally of Pakistan. Beijing has been defending Islamabad on the international stage each time the latter is accused of allowing terrorists to thrive on its land.
What Pakistan is now seeking is building strong ties, including military, with Russia and also keep its ties with the US intact, howsoever fragile they may have become over the years. Eventually, Islamabad intends to keep itself as a very important player in the arena by cleverly raising terrorists on its soil while projecting itself as a victim of the same.
Moscow will be holding a peace initiative on April 14 in which delegations from 12 countries including Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and five central Asian nations will be participating.