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Lessons from Kunduz fall

Is it a day after the fair? For pessimist, it might be yes, but for optimists still there is a hope.

Still the government has time to fix many issues. Corruption has reached record high, but yes it can be cured. Joblessness is rampant, but yes it can be overcome. Youths are flocking towards Europe, but yes, the issue has a solution. Security is deteriorating, but yes there is a remedy. When economic, security and job outlook remained very dismal, the fall of Kunduz city, let loose the floodgates of terror.

And now finally the Kunduz probe-team, appointed by President Ashraf Ghani and led by the former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh released its findings into the fall of Kunduz city to Taliban. The report contains too much to make you upset. But one must tries to learn from mistakes. Yet at the same time the report spurned that there was a government-hatched conspiracy behind the fall. Since we live in a country where conspiracy theories are rife, however, still there are too many people who have the capacity to think out of the box and don’t fall for conspiracy theories. Those who want to pull the wool over an entire country or in fact even an entire world’s eyes are failed by such people. Now that the fact-finding commission has made its report public, the government must come into movement and reform security mechanism and governance, because it what you do today that will set you either free or pushes you into shackles. However, we want freedom—a freedom that is lasting, which can herald a new era of peace, development and change. The nation knows there is no easy and quick fix to the issues, which have flooded us, however, consistency, honesty, and diligence can make a difference. We, as a nation cannot bear slipups, goofs, and everyone pitching in. So no goo-ups in the future as even just one mistake can be so fatal that the entire nation will have to pay a heavy price to come out of its implications.

As per the report of the commission, poor leadership and lack of cooperation led to fall of the Kunduz city to the Taliban. The report also says that the national intelligence service, NDS, had intercepted the calls to militants in Kunduz from Peshawar, where they were directed how to fight and what to do. NDS handed the audio recordings to the commission. Moreover, Saleh said that the commission remained absolutely free in finding facts out and had no pressure from the government, which is the beauty of democracy and makes us confident.

According to Saleh, complexity in the power structure in the province also led to the chaos in Kunduz as no one knew it clearly what is his mandate and wherefrom to take orders and how to exercise their own authority. Now that the problems have been pointed at, there must improvements and reforms. The most horrific fact that came to surface is a grey network has been ruling the roost in Kunduz and is a form a parallel government. Unfortunately, this grey network has its roots in Kabul.

Now it will test the mettle of the government how it tackles the issue. If a grey network can bring upon us such a biggest catastrophe in a province, imagine what could be our fate if the wings of this grey network are not clipped and brought to the book.

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