In this week’s call–in show our
panelists, while answering the questions from our listeners, centered their
discussions on US Policy towards Afghanistan.
After the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, US, in order to pursue the
perpetrators wanted Afghanistan to handover Osama Bin –Laden, the mastermind of
terrorism to the US authorities.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government refused
to comply with US requests which compelled United States to attack Afghanistan
resulting in the overthrow of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. However, as Barack Obama, in his presidential
election campaign said that with US focus turning towards Iraq , Afghanistan’s
job was half done. He vowed to eliminate Al Qaida and Taliban from Afghanistan
as well as from Pakistan.
Now that President Obama has been awarded
Nobel Peace Prize, he has been, as our panelists think, in dilemma. While
replying to questions the panelists say that no war can solve problems
permanently but they also think that an immediate roll back is not possible for
practical reasons. Interesting interactions took place between the three
panelists whether President Obama’s policy is remarkably different from former
President George W Bush’s policy or not. Panelists also talked about the
controversy surrounding Presidential elections in Afghanistan and the problems
of governance there.
The panelists on this edition of
call-in show included Professor Imtiaz Ahmed from the Department of
International Relations, Dhaka University, Dr Mehnaz Momen , Associate
Professor , Department of Social Science , Texas A & M University and Mr
Rezaul Hasan, Civil Affairs Officer , United Nations Assistance Mission in
Kabul , Afghanistan.