Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said all parties involved in the Afghan conflict will fail by adopting a military option.

Speaking during an annual debate of the UN General Assembly in New York, Lodhi said “Neither the Coalition and Kabul nor the Afghan Taliban can impose a military solution on each other.”

Lodhi further added that continued military action in Afghanistan for the past 16 years by the world’s most powerful nations had not resolved issues, according to Pakistan Today newspaper.

“The promotion of a political settlement and the pursuit of a military solution in Afghanistan are mutually incompatible,” she added.

The remarks by Pakistan’s envoy came in contrast to the optimisms of the Afghan and US military officials in Pakistan.

The commander of the US forces for Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said earlier that the new US strategy for South Asia will enable the coalition forces to step up the bolstering process of the Afghan forces as part of the government’s four-year development plan.

The plan calls for increasing the offensive capability of the Afghan military — specifically the commandos and air assets, the NATO commander said, adding that additional trainers will allow them to go on the offensive and provide security over a greater area of the country.

He also added that “This, coupled with pressure on the external enablers of the insurgency, as well as social pressure at the ballot box, with the elections over the next two years, is all designed to bring the Taliban to the table,” he said. “So this is a fight-and-talk approach.”


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