The struggle for 'space' in Afghanistan in future will not merely be between the Taliban and the moderate Ashraf Ghani-Abdullah Abdullah government but also involve other militant groups like Islamic State, who could pose serious threats to Indian interests, writes V Balachandran.
Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government are underway in Doha. After avoiding the Taliban for long, India must now accept reality and engage with it. At stake are vital interests in Afghanistan.
Afghan foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah was a close associate of legendary Tajik fighter Ahmad Shah Masood. A qualified doctor, the soft-spoken Abdullah carries a strong message. He spoke to Outlook in Washington. Excerpts: