A former top American diplomat has said the United States should adopt a policy of total isolation against Pakistan, harshly criticizing the country for supporting the Afghan militant groups:
In an interview with the Times of India, Zalmay Khalilzad said the step by US should be taken to send a signal that it faces the prospect of becoming a ‘second North Korea’ if it continues destabilizing Afghanistan by supporting the Taliban and Haqqani network.
“In the aftermath of the US drone attack killing Taliban leader Mullah Mansour, this is the time to increase the pressure by suspending all assistance to Pakistan — military and civilian — and move towards isolating Pakistan internationally, including not supporting IMF renewal of financial support,” he added.
“If Pakistan truly changes course, then the US should be willing to be supportive in a significant way. But we have to substantially escalate the cost of Pakistan’s hostile policy in Afghanistan,” said Khalilzad, a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Washington-based democracy assistance group.
Fatema Jafari, a member of the Herat Provincial Council and 2016 Reagan-Fascell (NED) fellow, recently visited the National Democratic Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss her experience in Afghan politics. Fatema first entered the political sphere in Afghanistan’s 2009 provincial council elections to promote women’s rights and advocate for key issues in her province, including public health. She was re-elected in the 2014 provincial council elections.
Fatema’s commitment to women’s rights extends to all of her work on the Herat Provincial Council. As the head of the family support committee, she facilitated the creation of a network of roughly 80 women’s organizations. Fatema also participated in three loya jirgas (consultative councils) from 2010 to 2013.
“I think if the international community — especially NDI — was not involved during that period, I [would not have been] a good representative of my people in the Provincial Council of Herat,” she said. “And I [would not have been] reelected for second time.” RTWT