WEB DESK: Security forces in Balochistan have arrested an agent of the Afghan spy agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), from the border town of Chaman.
In fact like the Indian agent recently captured in Balochistan, the Afghan agent has not been engaged in usual spying activity of collecting sensitive information. He is reported to have been involved in targeted killings and acts of subversion.
According to government sources, a large cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered that he brought in for committing further acts of terrorism. While announcing the arrest, the provincial government spokesman, Anwarul Haq Kakar, described it as an important achievement, adding that Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies wanted to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
Whether or not the NDS has any interest in undermining the CPEC, the sad reality is that there are elements in the Afghan government as well as the NDS who harbour hostility towards this country. It may be recalled that only a few months ago, ie, last December, the then NDS chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, had resigned over President Ashraf Ghani’s genial remarks about Pakistan during the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad, accusing Pakistan of “supporting anti-government elements in Afghanistan.” Unfortunately, however, there exists a serious mutual distrust between the two countries.
While Kabul has been accusing Pakistan of providing safe havens to the Afghan Taliban, TTP leaders are known to having been using Afghan soil to launch cross-border attacks into this country. That has gone not only because the Kabul government has had no control over large swathes of its own territory, especially its southern provinces adjoining Pakistan. In some instances, the NDS was discovered helping TTP terrorists. Regardless of the past, the Kabul government is expected to try and get into a cooperative mode at a time the quadrilateral peace process involving Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and China is under way to find ways of negotiating a peace settlement with the Taliban.
Anti-Pakistan elements in Kabul need to understand that neither country can win the war against its respective Taliban adversaries on its own. The Afghan government has suffered several serious setbacks during the recent months. Although Pakistan has achieved major military successes in its ongoing war against the TTP terrorists in the tribal areas, what happens in Afghanistan has ramifications for it because of the geographical and demographic links that bind the two countries together.
Nasty episodes like the present one can only benefit their common enemy, the violent extremists. It is hoped the Unity Government in Kabul, especially those from the erstwhile Northern Alliance, are willing to give up their old antagonistic attitude toward Pakistan in the greater interest of peace and stability. As for the NDS agent, actually a sponsor of terrorism, he needs to be dealt with as per the law. But any urge for a tit-for-tat response needs to be curbed, as it could only exacerbate the tensions providing this country’s traditional rival to exploit the situation for its own purposes. It would be wise therefore to deal with the issue in a way that would push the peace negotiations forward.
Source: Business Recorder