Myth and Reality of ISIS and Peace Talks
Posted on July 14th, 2015

By Afshain Afzal

The US is facing tough resistance from Afghan authorities and the politicians in Kabul to continue its unchecked combat mission in Afghanistan. Washington is exerting all sorts of pressures including self-engineered terrorist attacks, threats to discontinue aid and dishonouring its previously announced pledges, but so far all efforts are in vain. Washington’s created ISIS (Daesh) is aimed to crush masses loyal to Shaheed Sadam Hussain in Iraq, orthodox Muslims in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, Somalia and other self-declared potential threats to the West. In order to build world’s consensus on eliminating any individual, group or association directly or otherwise linked with ISIS, the members of the outfit are projecting themselves worse than Nazis and Khmer Rouge. One of the missions assigned to this heavily Western funded notorious ISIS is to track persons on whom bounty has been announced by US including Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is widely recognized as Ameer-ul-Momineen (Caliph) by Muslims, especially in Afghanistan and to destroy Muslim heritage.

Although, there is no presence of ISIS in Pakistan or Afghanistan but reports of contacts by few CIA sponsored Afghans, who also spend reasonable period in India, Middle East and Western countries was made in last few months. These elements had been claiming to be former Taliban and that they have joined ISIS in the absence of evidence of life of Mullah Mohammad Omar. Reports of telephonic contacts with various journalists and lower ranks of Taliban were confirmed. However, evidence of physical contacts has so far not been reported. Wall chalking in favour of ISIS was observed in Pakistani cities of Karachi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Sailkot, Peshawar etc but Police arrests and investigations confirmed that it was handiwork of few students of schools and college for fun.  In nutshell, ISIS is only alive in the papers of intelligence agencies otherwise on ground there is no evidence of presence in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

In a latest development, Pakistan broke peace talks between Taliban and government of President Ashraf Ghani in scenic hill station of Murree from 7-8 July 2015. Kabul expressed its willing to negotiate with Taliban on all issues including the release of prisoners and the future of American military presence in Afghanistan. Observers from the US and China also attended the talks. Where Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who attended the talks, was more than hopeful about the success of talks, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif requested Afghanistan’s neighbors and the international community to ensure that nobody tries to derail this process otherwise talks would be difficult. White House spokesman Josh Earnest welcomed the talks and claimed that the talks are an important step toward advancing prospects for a credible peace. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying backed the peace process and claimed that Beijing was in touch with all sides.

The peace talks seems to be a success story as beside understanding of peace initiative, holding of next round of talks in Qatar, in the third week of August 2015, has also been discussed. However, ironically, Qatar is claiming that Pakistani officials had brokered a meeting with unauthorized Taliban representatives which included Mawlawi Abdul Latif Mansoor, Haji Ibrahim, brother of Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani and Mullah Abbas Akhund. On the other hand, Islamabad claims that Mullah Abbas Akhund, who attended the meeting had blessing of the Taliban’s deputy leader, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour. The fact cannot be denied that Taliban commander Abdul Qayum Zakir and other Taliban leaders distanced from talks and objected to sending the delegation for talks.

Many critics believe that US has invested millions of dollars just to get whereabouts of Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is untraceable since long. If located, the West has well chalked out plan to eliminate him in a similar fashion as they plotted against Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who is said to have been killed by own people. CIA-funded impersonated Taliban group in Qatar, which has handful of elements in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, have been alerted. Although, these elements have no connection with Taliban but to authenticate defections in Taliban files, it is being projected in media that some disgruntled Taliban commanders are questioning whether Omar is alive or otherwise and several have switched their loyalty to ISIS.

Interestingly, at the time when peace talks were being held in Murree, media propaganda was aired that top commanders of ISIS were killed in US drone attacks. Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that as a result of an airstrike in Achin district on 30 ISIS members including top ISIS commander Hafiz Saeed Khan were killed. Earlier, it was reported that another ISIS commander Shahid Ullah Shahid was killed in a drone attack. Ironically, Washington is hesitant in admitting the killing of ISIS commanders while Pentagon claims that it is working on intelligence provided by the Afghan government. Some militant commanders linked with Northern Alliance misinformed foreign media on telephone that they were present when the drone strike happened and killed ISIS top commander. One wonders how it is possible that CIA and Indian RAW’s own created characters including Hafiz Saeed Khan and Shahid Ullah Shahid can be off casted from drama of ISIS in Middle East and Asia.

Interestingly, as soon as talks were over, Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani held emergency meeting with Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, on 10 July to convey that ISIS is a threat for security of the region. If we recall, Tehran supported the invasion of Afghanistan in Bonn Conference by US and NATO allies on 5 December 2001 that resulted in the formation of an Interim Authority under President Hamid Kazai. The involvement of Iran in anti-Taliban moves can be judged from planned seizure of 48 rocked in March 2011, which were to be delivered to a group which was impersonating as Taliban. Though far from reality, an attempt was made to reflect that Tehran is supporting Taliban. NATO forces in Afghanistan analyzed that the seized rockets, although, did not bear Iranian marking but the specifications matched Iranian version. One wonders if these special Taliban who participated in peace talks are linked with Iran.

Government of Pakistan has opened a new chapter by initiating peace talks with Taliban for a longer lasting peace in the region. However, Western sponsored dummy Taliban and ISIS groups, who are posing themselves as Mujahideen but are actually involved in terrorism, are real enemies. Irrespective of their bases in Qatar, New Delhi, Khost or Peshawar, till the time such bogy elements are identified and eliminated, the situation in Afghanistan would continue to remain tense and fragile. It is high time that genie of Western created ISIS or Daesh, in which India is equally party, should be brought to a logical end. One would like to draw the attention of world community toward state sponsored terrorism in the shape of ISIS by sponsoring countries including US, India and Israel. [email protected]


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