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Love Thy Neighbour: A Stable Afghanistan Is What Pakistan Needs Right Now

Pakistan badly needs stability in Afghanistan. The dire alternative is refugee influx, TTP mayhem.

Love Thy Neighbour: A Stable Afghanistan Is What Pakistan Needs Right Now
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Love Thy Neighbour: A Stable Afghanistan Is What Pakistan Needs Right Now
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2021-08-20T15:40:59+05:30

With the United States’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan minus a politically negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, the Afghan conflict has entered a crucial phase. Since the beginning of the US and Nato forces withdrawal in May, the security situation is constantly deteriorating. The Taliban’s rapid territorial gains have exposed the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ (ANDSF) inability to defend Afghan territory. As a result, the Taliban’s lightning offensive over the past ten days has taken them beyond their traditional strongholds in the northern and western parts of the country. They now claim to control 90 per cent of Afghan soil. Contrary to their initial commitments, the Taliban have captured most of the 34 provincial capitals, including Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan in the north, which was traditionally an anti-Taliban stronghold. Additionally, over the last month, it has successfully seized most of the 14 official Afghan international border crossings, including six dry ports.

As the Taliban mops up the...

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