Toronto – When the Taliban took control of the capital Kabul on August 15, former Pakistani military officials, extremist leaders and the media hailed it. This was claimed by Pakistani analysts as a victory over India. But as the Taliban and other terrorist groups tighten their grip on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s challenges are also increasing. As the crisis in Afghanistan deepens, Pakistan is caught in a trap it has created, a Canadian-based think tank has warned.
Last week, Faiz Hameed, the head of Pakistan’s ISI, visited Afghanistan. While supporting Hamid’s visit, the Pakistani media claimed that Pakistan was helping the Taliban build the country. But the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS) made a serious allegation that Pakistan was acting not as a saviour but as a sponsor of the terrible crisis in Afghanistan.
Pakistan was the leading supporter of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Therefore, IFFRAS strongly criticised Pakistan for being equally responsible for the US withdrawal. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the US withdrawal. He also announced that the Taliban had broken the shackles of slavery. The Pakistani media had also claimed that it was a victory over India. However, the group noted that some Pakistani analysts now realise that establishing a Taliban regime in Afghanistan is not in Pakistan’s interest.
At the same time, the think tank accused Pakistan of acting as a ‘client’ for the United States or China; trying to claim its strategic importance at the international level. The Canadian think tank noted that it was becoming increasingly difficult for Pakistan to manage the interests of both countries. Until a few years ago, relations between the US and Pakistan were good. However, IFFRAS claimed that Pakistan’s problems became complicated after it prioritised the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by emphasising cooperation with China.
There have been three major terrorist attacks in Pakistan since the Taliban took control of Kabul, including two suicide bombings. There are also reports of clashes between Taliban militants and the Pakistani military on the Afghan-Pakistani border. The Taliban has stated that it does not agree with the Durand Line, which divides Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Taliban says that Pakistan should allow Afghans to enter the country freely, without considering this artificial border.
After capturing the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Taliban militants were celebrating it. Besides, Pakistani troops stationed on the border warned, ‘Your number is next.’ Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a part of the Taliban, has stepped up its terrorist activities by announcing its intention to seize power in Pakistan. Not only that, but Tehreek has also openly accepted responsibility for these actions. However, the Taliban has not yet condemned the terrorist attacks carried out by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Pakistan, which is responsible for the devastating crisis in Afghanistan, will have to bear the brunt of this. A few days ago, former Iranian President Ahmadinejad warned that the forces controlling Afghanistan could soon take over Pakistan.