Op-ed: Want Peace in Afghanistan? Talk to Afghan Civilians

For the last 18 years, the war has been going on in Afghanistan and the civilians have been shattered with bombs in their districts. The civilians have been silenced while not seeing calm in their country with the Taliban and U.S. forces fighting with each other after 9/11.

Now, the military forces want to sign an agreement with the Taliban to include them somehow in the Afghan government and to make the country peaceful. But as the talks move forward between U.S. special representative Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban, the fighting has yet to be stopped.

There are about 40,000 Taliban fighters, about 20,000 coalition forces and 60,000 Afghan forces, and 5000 ISIS fighters reportedly in Afghanistan who are engaged in the ongoing violence.

Want peace in Afghanistan? Talk to Afghan civilians. The civilians are the key to bringing peace because they need to be active in order to bring peace not be continuously silent.

In addition to US current role in Afghanistan, Canada and United Kingdom were also involved in the war until late 2014.

But the consensus for peace in Afghanistan remains to be a strong desire for all parties involved. The US is currently holding peace talks with the Taliban, but not with Afghan government.

Mr. Donald Trump and the general public needs to understand that there are only about five political people in Afghanistan who control the politics and security situation of Afghanistan. They include: Hamid Karzai (Former President), Ashraf Ghani (currently President of Afghanistan), Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (candidate for President and a former warlord), Abdul Rasul Sayaff (organized a group of Mujahedeen to fight Soviet Union), and Abdul Rashid Dostum (former communist military general).

But Mr. Trump is dropping bombs including the “Mother of All Bombs” on innocent civilians who as explained are not part of the war. Trump has also said that he wants to kill 10 million Afghans and remove Afghanistan from the map during his talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan last month in the White House.

To date, about 3 million Afghani people have died as a result of four decades of war, but there are no real figures to suggest lower number.

Written by a peace activist living in Canada, Meladul Haq Ahmadzai.