The trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan set to be held this year is a good platform for Afghanistan to convince China that Pakistan’s support to terrorists threatens China’s economic interests besides other regional countries’.
Through a strong diplomacy, the Afghan government should tie up the stability of the region with that of Afghanistan, and also sway Beijing that an unstable Afghanistan was a threat to China and its economic interests, which could only be neutralized by putting a squeeze on Islamabad.
Sharif thought Pakistan was playing a double game with China as well because it was the recipient of China’s major economic projects such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the one side, but on the other side not only it cleared the path for western interference in the region through supporting elements of terrorism that could threaten Chinese interests, but it also effectively supported terror groups involved in terror activities in China. “As a textbook example, Abu-al-Hamd Turkistani who is fighting against China is in Pakistan.”
A message that China’s mega economic projects in the region were on the verge of failure because of Pakistan’s support to terrorists should also be communicated at the trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan, he stressed.
Yousef Amin Zazai, a political expert, suggested the realities that have not been taken up clearly so far should be raised at the tripartite meeting.
Talking to The Heart of Asia, he said there was a dire need for national, regional and global consensus to resolve Afghan conflict, and if any kind of steps were taken to forge such a consensus, it would open a new window of hope for Afghan peace.
If Afghanistan could twist China’s arm to press Pakistan for its support to terrorist groups, and if Pakistan gradually gave up the support, it would really contribute to stability in Afghanistan, Zazai said, adding that now that the US-Pak relations were in eclipse prompting Islamabad to turn to China and Russia, Beijing had the same significance to Islamabad as Washington, so that was why its pressure would also prove effective.
While the exact date of the trilateral meeting is unclear, it is said to take place before the end of 2017. The meeting was reportedly agreed upon by President Ghani and his Chinese counterpart at the last Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.