Monday, September 27, 2021

Imran Khan Meets Top Taliban Commander; Afghanistan, Kashmir Hot On Agenda?

India and Pakistan have their vested interests in the Afghanistan peace process and the politicians that come to power post the US withdrawal. Henceforth, India just cannot ignore Imran Khan’s meeting with Taliban commander Mullah Baradar who was released from captivity just after Imran Khan took over as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. 

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Mullah Baradar was arrested in 2010 based on intelligence inputs rendered by the CIA but was released in 2018. PM Khan met the top Taliban commander on Thursday and many feel that this meeting was a part of unleashing terror in Indian administered Kashmir in retaliation to decisions made by the government of India.

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Mullah Baradar was one of the founding members of the Taliban and not only this, but he was also a part of the delegation that was holding consultations with the US on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Imran Khan’s move to release him from Pakistan prison can be seen in different ways one of which surely will be to give impetus to Pakistan’s malicious intentions in Kashmir.

Pakistan expressed great anguish when the talks between the top Taliban commanders and the US were called off by the US President Donald Trump.

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Pakistan wants to conclude the peace process in Afghanistan at the earliest so that the focus of the international community can be drawn to Kashmir hence putting India in a bad light after the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A.

Imran Khan is the first Pakistani Prime Minister to hold talks with a high ranked Taliban commander. While one of the contexts to this meeting is to certainly renegotiate between Taliban and the US to propel peace talks further, there may also be a context to this meeting which may be threatening for India’s security given how desperately Pakistan has been seeking an opportunity to retaliate to the political developments in Kashmir.

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