A high-level meeting has been held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence over the developing Afghan situation.
Lasting almost two hours, the key meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
According to sources, the issue of the ongoing Afghan situation was discussed in detail. The matter of internal security was discussed in particular keeping into consideration the possible threats posed by the Taliban rule in the worn-torn country along with the terrorist organisations based in Pakistan.
Pak’s role on Afghan situation discussed
As per inputs, a detailed view of the excessive role being played by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and its army in the Afghan situation was presented. Apart from this, the use and presence of the Pakistani Army Battalion and Air Force in Panjshir were also discussed.
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According to sources, while India monitors the Afghan situation, it is also keeping a close eye on the formation of the new government in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s influence in it, especially with the Haqqani group‘s efforts to get a bigger share in power. Countries around the world are keeping an eye on the Afghan situation and India is also in contact with them over the developing situation.
All NATO countries including America want an Afghan government that is inclusive. The nature of the Taliban government will reveal how the Afghan situation and the neighboring region will be in the future.
India on wait and watch situation mode on Afghan situation
At present, India is on a wait and watch mode like the rest of the countries in the world, closely studying the Taliban’s advances.
The meeting in New Delhi took place after the Taliban declared control of the Panjshir Valley. Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid held a press conference in Kabul Monday to announce that the war in Afghanistan has ended, and now the Taliban hope “Afghanistan to become a stable country”, it has been reported. It was also reported that the Afghan situation was getting under control.
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Mujahid said that as the war is over, an Islamic and accountable government will be formed soon and the Afghan situation is under control.
Reiterating its plans of making Afghanistan a peaceful state Mujahid said, “People should know that the aggressors” will never build Afghanistan and the development of the country is the responsibility of the Afghan people. We will work towards a common goal and build a better future”, as per a news report.
On the other hand, Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the Resistance Front, in an audio message on his Facebook page continued to claim that the resistance forces are present in Panjshir and continue to fight Taliban forces.
In April 2021, President Joe Biden announced that U.S. military forces would leave Afghanistan by September 2021. The Taliban, which had continued to capture and contest territory across the country despite ongoing peace talks with the Afghan government, ramped up attacks on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) bases and outposts and began to rapidly seize more territory. In May 2021, the U.S. military accelerated the pace of its troop withdrawal. By the end of July 2021, the United States had completed nearly 95 percent of its withdrawal, leaving just 650 troops to protect the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
In the summer of 2021, the Taliban continued its offensive, threatening government-controlled urban areas and seizing several border crossings. In early August, the Taliban began direct assaults on multiple urban areas, including Kandahar in the south and Herat in the west. On August 6, 2021, the Taliban captured the capital of southern Nimruz Province, the first provincial capital to fall. After that, provincial capitals began to fall in rapid succession. Within days, the Taliban captured more than ten other capitals, including Mazar-i-Sharif in the north and Jalalabad in the east, leaving Kabul the only major urban area under government control. On August 15, 2021, Taliban fighters entered the capital, leading Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country and the Afghan government to collapse. Later that day, the Taliban announced they had entered the presidential palace, taken control of the city, and were establishing checkpoints to maintain security.