Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert):
It is good development that United States is asking Pakistan to use its resources to bring Taliban on negotiating table and Pakistan will definitely exercise whatever possible in this regard to bring peace and stability in war torn country. Now the United States has also realized that there is no military solution to prevailing Afghan situation. Pakistan wisely assured US administration for its full fledge support in bringing Taliban on the table of negotiation. Trump has been equally vocal in the past about Pakistan but now US President wants a respectful end of 17 years long war in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a clear stance that only Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process is a sustainable solution for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Since Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan, US decision is welcomed.
Lt Gen (Retd) Raza Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst):
Pakistan should adopt a precautionary approach in response of U.S request for convincing Taliban to come on negotiating table to end 17 years long war. May be the US administration wants Pakistan to use its influence and convince Taliban to hold peace dialogue with present Afghan government. In past, Pakistan made successful efforts to initiate peace dialogue between Afghan Taliban and Afghan government but United States sabotaged the efforts by killing senior Taliban leader. Taliban are the major stakeholders and are controlling more than half of the Afghan area. Pakistan has clearly stated that it will not be the part of any war but will continue its efforts towards a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. Afghan government and the international community have to realize their responsibility of ensuring stability in the country instead of blaming Pakistan for their own failures.
Abdullah Gul (Defense Analyst):
U.S has realized that without the support of Pakistan, it will never be successful in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pak-Afghan people have brotherly relations with each other. U.S will also take the European Union and its allies into confidence for negotiations with Taliban. Pakistan is in a strong position to support United States with its own terms. U.S must have to acknowledge the role and sacrifices of Pakistan in war against terror. Moreover, the concerns of Pakistan in the region must also be addressed. One thing is for sure that Pakistan will never be the part of any war against terror in future. No further pressure tactics by U.S could be imposed on Pakistan.
Dr. Farhat Haq (Senior Analyst from USA):
It seems that United States is now making serious efforts for peace in Afghanistan and respectful withdrawal of NATO forces from the war-torn country as Trump administration is focused on it. Pakistan should prioritize its national interests but it is also a fact that Pak-US good relation is also the need of the time. US President is known for his controversial and non-consistent policies and statements yet he adopts different attitudes to attain his objectives. The example of North Korea issue is an example in this regard. In my opinion, Pakistan should support United States and utilize its resources in convincing Afghan Taliban to come on the table of negotiation for peace in Afghanistan. Peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best national interest of Pakistan as well.
Maj Gen (Retd) Ijaz Awan (Defense Analyst):
It is yet another try of United States to engage itself in diplomatic relations with Pakistan. In the past, United States always sabotaged Pakistan’s efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. But in my personal opinion United States is fed-up of 17 years long war in Afghanistan with no success. Pakistan already conveyed a strong message that Pakistan will not Do any more in war against terror as it already done enough in this regard. United States has realized the ground realities and US President wants the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan before the next US presidential elections. US must pay-off its outstanding to Pakistan as balance of Coalition Support Fund and moreover, Pakistan must also ask US to play its role in resolving the core Kashmir dispute. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad was involved in anti-Pakistan statements but now it seems that US South Asian policy has changed.
Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):
The American State Department and think tanks have realized that Donald Trump’s South Asian policy will not be successful. Pakistan is an important regional stakeholder and its importance can never be ignored. Taliban have certain groups and Pakistan has no leverage to consult with all groups and convince them to come on negotiating table. US President Donald Trump’s request to Pakistan for its support to restore peace in Afghanistan weakens the Indian stance of declaring Pakistan as a terrorist state. India and Pakistan are the two major external political forces in the Afghan conflict, and the India-Pakistan border conflict has become a huge obstacle for the Afghan peace process. Pakistan must have to prioritize its national interests. United States must also take Russia and China into confidence regarding the negotiations with Taliban.