Pakistan has revived an eight-country grouping to counter US pressure for giving India a greater role in war-torn Afghanistan's
reconstruction, according to a media report on Tuesday.
Following an initiative spearheaded by Islamabad, Afghanistan's neighbours met in Turkey seeking a "single voice" before a London conference to set a timetable for handing security over to Afghans and find ways to negotiate peace with the Taliban.
"The aim of the meeting is to find a single voice in the region to take to the London conference," said a western diplomat attending the gathering in Istanbul on Tuesday. "The aim is to help Afghanistan stand on its own feet in the medium and long-term."
Until the corruption in government is a thing of the past in Afghanistan, there is no clear way to move this agenda forward.
Unfortunately, right now, all the aid the West may pledge will simply go into the pockets of governmental officials, without ever reaching the people it was intended to help.