According to the official figures of Pentagon, 1680 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far. Other Allied invading forces have lost 928 soldiers. However, unofficial estimate is manifold higher than these. Furthermore, America spends $ 100 billion in Afghanistan annually, to continue the war against the Mujahideen. The total cost of the war in the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the loans taken by Washington and the interests incurred, come to the tune of $ 5 trillion. The American headlong descent into the financial melt-down does not stop here. It is still exacerbating as the time goes by. But the question remains, is America more powerful than when she was in 2001, at the time of invasion of Afghanistan? Is she enjoys the same status and respect at world level as advocate of human rights as she enjoyed a decade ago, in 2001? Obviously, after the gross human rights violations by American interrogators in Abu Gharib, Guan Tanamo and Bagram jails against miserable and defenseless detainees; the drone attacks and the nights raids by the invading American troops in which thousands of innocent men and women have lost their lives, no one will be ready to call America as protector of human rights and other precious values of civilization. Then what America has gained from her adventure of invading Afghanistan? The pundits in Washington must re-consider this point. Furthermore, they have imposed a corrupt government on the people of Afghanistan. The former warlords who have hold on the government, grip billions of dollars in corruption annually and send the bucks abroad through the Kabul airport and other clandestine bank accounts. Common people are not able to get their legal grievance redressed. Instead, they take their cases to courts set up by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan parallel to those of the Kabul Administration. There, they get justice in a few days rather than waiting for years. That too without losing time and money in form of corruption. Still another question arises, are the neighboring countries of Afghanistan more secure and stable today than they were in 2001, at the time of the reign of the Islamic Emirate? Certainly not. The ground realities are before all. The American invasion of Afghanistan has foisted its portion of anarchy and blight on every neighbor. The more this war continues, the more every one will suffer; the invaders presence in Afghanistan will add to chaos, uprisings and disintegration in some regional countries. Likewise, the more the Americans are intent on denying the Afghans their right of independence, the more their debts and casualties will keep spiraling up. So is there any eagerness to solve these problems? Surely, if there is willingness, the Afghan imbroglio will come to an end but: — First of all, the main actors should stop the blame-game of calling the Mujahideen as terrorists. The so-called war on terrorism should not be used as a clout for colonialist expansionism in Afghanistan or in the region. — The Afghans should be given their right of independence as enshrined in the UN Charter. — The Islamic Emirate should be recognized as a political and military power as it has already proved in the past ten years. It should be provided conducive and normal scope to play its role in peace and stability of Afghanistan, the region and the world. — The Afghans should be given their right of self-determination to form an Islamic government as per the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan. — The Americans and all foreign invading forces should seek a face-saving exit from Afghanistan in understanding with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. — The regional countries should create an environment of cooperation and trust with the Islamic Emirate based on common grounds of national interests of all neighbors. —
As a responsible party and as a proven military and political force, the Islamic Emirate will abide by its commitments to stability of the region following the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.