Editorial

Pakistan gave birth to Taliban to counter India

Pakistan had birthed Taliban in an attempt to counter India, and that it is made clear by none other than former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf. According to @P_Musharraf, Pakistan gave birth to the Taliban to counter Indian action against it. Now Pakistan shedding crocodile tears is not admissible.

It is necessary to refer to a paper titled “The Sun in the sky: The relationship between Pakistan’s ISI and Afghan insurgents by Matt Waldman Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Only a policy of pressure/sanction and condition-based rapprochement with Pakistan can bring real positive change in Afghanistan and maintain international peace and security.

A fresh UN report establishes the symbiotic ties between ISIL-K, Taliban and the al-Qaeda needs to be examined by the UN. As the UN in its latest 12th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team said that a significant part of the leadership of Al-Qaeda resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, alongside Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

It is pertinent to make a mention that a large numbers of Al-Qaeda fighters and other foreign extremist elements aligned with the Taliban are located in various parts of Afghanistan.

The group’s leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, is believed to be located somewhere in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previous reports of his death due to ill health have not been confirmed.

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operates under the Taliban umbrella from Kandahar, Helmand (notably Baramcha) and Nimruz Provinces. The group reportedly consists primarily Afghan and Pakistani nationals, but also individuals from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Its current leader is Osama Mahmood, who succeeded the late Asim Umar.

The group is reported to be such an “organic” or essential part of the insurgency that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to separate it from its Taliban allies.

Several member states characterized this relationship by noting that the wife of the former leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader Asim Umar was among 5,000 Taliban prisoners freed by the Afghan Government in 2020 as part of the Doha agreement, the report added. India needs to be more political and diplomatic in its international relationship.