This article focuses on US-Taliban talks in the context of
intra-Afghan talks. The talks provide for the restoration of
peace in Afghanistan and withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan
after a period of about 19 years. It also provides for the swap of 5,000
Taliban held by the government and 1,000 Afghan in the custody of
Taliban. The agreement cannot be put into practice on account of
mutual distrust by both the Afghan government and the Taliban. Though
there is pressure from the US over the Afghan government for resumption
of talks with Taliban yet no fruitful result has been obtained. The
government of Afghanistan is not only faced with threat of insurgency
from Taliban but also the ISKP or ISIS. The US withdrawal from
Afghanistan and failure of the US-Taliban talks is testimony to the fact
that Realism has failed to shape the politics of the smaller states.
1-Muhammad Tariq: School Teacher, Teacher at Elementary & Secondary Education Department Mardan, KP, Pakistan.