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Another targeted killing in Kabul has exposed the obvious. There are elements at work that do not want to see political stability restored, and moreover, a just order come into being after the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.

That is manifest from the sporadic killings of noted figures that wanted to broker a thaw between the reigning dispensation and the Taliban. The cold-blooded murder of Arsala Rahmani, a senior peace negotiator and the man who was considered to be a bridge between two sections of thought in the divisive country, is a case in point. Earlier, former president Burhanuddin Rabbani was shot dead as he struggled to patch up differences between Kabul and the Pakhtoon militia. So has been the case with the checkered peace process that hasn’t been able to make a difference as irritants and a laundry list of ifs and buts have hampered any progress.

The authorities in Kabul and the Coalition forces should look into this new trend of targetted killings, and deeply introspect their own security edifice. There is a serious breach somewhere and that needs to be investigated. It was same the case with the grand jirga that Kabul held and the Taleban leaked the security roadmap to the media well before the event. That compelled many of the stalwarts to stay away from the meet by virtue of fear. The recent incidents of gunfight and bomb blast in the high security zone in the capital go on to prove that the embattled administration of President Hamid Karzai is groping in the dark, and there isn’t any way out of the crisscross in Afghanistan.

Though Rahmani’s killing is a blow to Karzai’s efforts for reconciliation, it shouldn’t come to derail the very intention of installing a broad-based dispensation. Convincing the Americans for an early exit and brokering a dialogue with all sections of the society can make life easy for the millions who are literally caught in a dilemma of their own. Brussels and Washington who have been boasting their military muscles for almost a decade are in need of taking a backseat and let the dialogue process to triumph. The Afghan society cannot be ruled by virtue of gun and it’s high time the conditions put forward by Taliban for joining the governance bandwagon are considered anew.
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