I was busy couldn't give a detailed response to Hamid Mir's recent report about Pakistan's threat to the Afghan Taliban "Enough is Enough". So here is the take after digging into the story
- US violated the agreement by unilaterally extending the date 1/5
IEA now wants an 'enabling environment' to restart the negotiations with the US, but they are consulting with the Shura & with other stakeholders including Pakistan.
- Hamid Mir quoting highly placed sources on TTP & TTA links is nothing new is already a known fact but 2/5
the part "they are two faces of the same coin” is something that is misleading. The whole Peace deal is standing on the idea that " Won't allow Afghan soil to be used against any country including Pakistan"
- India's official policy till now is "Not to engage with Taliban", 3/5
recently CDS Bipin Rawat gave a statement in this regard but till now no progress has been made.
- With Indian troops assisting the Kabul regime post-withdrawal the direct contact seems more unlikely.
- Ghani backing PTM never remained top concern of Islamabad, it was 4/5
always the TTP, on which IEA has openly stated policy in the context of "Afghan soil". So overall was quite a misleading report giving the impression as if Taliban take dictations but the ones who take are quite popular 5/5
( Sidenote: 🇮🇳 troops in Afgh )

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