Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Raziq has criticized the recent signing of an intelligence Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Raziq asserted that Islamabad has continued to try and expand the war in Afghanistan while appearing as an ally.
General Raziq is one of the most well-known and respected police commanders in the country. He is famous for his merciless approach toward the Taliban militancy, and striking fear into the hearts of the government's enemies in south.
"Some of the actions of the national unity government will have negative impacts on the morale of security forces," Raziq told TOLOnews on Sunday. "For example, the signing of the intelligence agreement with Pakistan will have a negative impact on the morale of security forces, and it will cause the security forces to weaken," he added.
Last week, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) signed the MoU with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The accord would supposedly expand operational cooperation and information sharing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While supporting efforts at peace talks in theory, Raziq once again referred to his strong distrust toward Pakistan. He said giving Pakistan a role in the peace process is a mistake.
"There are benefits to peace, but we don't want peace talks with Taliban, because it is a waste of time. It is our mistake to extend our hand to Pakistan and ask for help," Raziq said. "This has given Pakistan the opportunity to move the battle from the south to the north and expand the battle from five to fifteen provinces."
Indeed, security conditions around the country, including in the capital, have rapidly deteriorated in recent weeks, each new day seemingly coming with more news of a bloody suicide bombing, insurgent offensive and overrun district. These conditions seem inconsistent with the narratives of slow but steady progress in the negotiation process.