A Comparative Portrait of Afghanistan and Pakistan

On a daily basis information and analysis are printed and broadcast about the War on Terror, especially involving issues in the states of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But it is Afghans and Pakistanis who can provide the best analysis of their countries.

What is the history of Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The written history of Afghanistan involves 6,000 years and a bright, progressive, peaceful civilization of Zartushts and Buddhism. Balkh and Bamyan drew people from across the world, in the way major universities like Oxford or Harvard do today. 

From such origins, Afghanistan evolved through the ages as a significant bastion of civilization. 

In contrast, no one knew the name of Pakistan before August 14, 1947, an unnatural state separated from India by the British. Pakistan was named with a religious slogan, a country built for Muslims.  Included in Pakistan were 145,000 square kilometers of Afghan territory involving the Durand Line – an 1893 demarcation from the time of the British invasion of Afghanistan.  The area is rich in natural resources, mountains, jungle and hydroelectricity, aiding agriculture and industry in Pakistan.

These matters of history and also of current affairs indicate how Kabul and Islamabad have been main rivals in the current War on Terror. Islamabad tries to produce terrorism, creating new forms of weapons of mass destruction, to retain power over her neighbor. A prime example was the matter of Osama Bin Laden — who was found, at long last, near Islamabad, the most important nest of terrorists from around the world. Pakistan is not using terrorism for the purposes of Islam but for political and geopolitical purposes. Islamabad think tanks refer to Afghanistan in terms of Pakistan's strategic depth, whatever the results for Afghans.

What will be the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Afghanistan is on the track of democracy, social justice, peace and stability. Pakistan remains an unnatural state, a cage of oppressed Afghans in the “Pashtoon Belt” just explained. The Balochs, Sindhis, and Siraikis remain run by army dictators, directly and indirectly, that apply a formula of might is right. Unless Pakistan changes herself into a peaceful country, there are chances of disintegration.  The world will not let her interfere in Afghanistan or affect the peace and security of anywhere else.  

*PolicyMic thanks Pundit Susan Kraykowski for generously helping edit this article, the first article from a Pundit in Pakistan.

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Malik Achakzai

Being freelancer, contributing writer, pundit, reader, rest lover and interested in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, Central Asia, China, Russia and American Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Human Rights, Health, Ecology, Geography, Archaeology, Theology, Buddhism. I completed my two years of master's from the department of Mass Communication at University of Baluchistan at Quetta. Before completing my master I had already joined reporting for local news papers in Balochistan and had already started freelancing to various Pashto, Urdu, English organizations. Voice of America (VoA) Ashna Radio Pashto service for which I have been freelancing since 2009 till the date. I do report for another online Pashto organization having news and views both from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the world, focusing on politics, war, human rights, sports and entertainment. I have been working as pundit for PolicyMic.com a NY based organization [PolicyMic is our generation’s platform to make our voices heard. We reach millions of people with our high-quality, personal analysis on the news, policy, and pop culture that’s changing our world] since December 2011. I did report as Lahore city correspondent for a Pakistani News Paper Express Tribune, an affiliated News organization with New York Times International, And have contributed reporting to Afghanistan Times an English daily at Kabul, Afghanistan. I am an alumni of German organization Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and was part of its Afghan-Pak Young Journalist Exchange program in 2012 titled as "understanding the neighbors", when we together with Young Afghan journalists produced researched based stories both in Pakistan and Afghanistan [Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Islamabad and Kabul were visited during program]. I was part of Deutsche Welle Akademie program "Train The Trainer for Journalists in Crisis Regions" training in 2013. Now I am part of United Press International (UPI) Next and Truth Tracker reporters team from the Pakistani volatile province of Balochistan.

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