Afghanistan wooed Taliban to settle scores with Pak army?

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  1. Ray

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    Afghanistan wooed Taliban to settle scores with Pak army?

    NEW YORK: Eyeing an upper hand in a baroque regional power game after the withdrawal of US troops next year, the Afghan government tried to work with the Pakistan Taliban with the "ultimate" goal of taking revenge on the Pakistani military , a media report said on Tuesday.

    The plan of the Afghan intelligence of trying to work with the al-Qaida allies was "disrupted" after United States Special Forces raided an Afghan convoy that was ushering a senior Pakistan Taliban militant Latif Mehsud to Kabul for secret talks last month.

    Mehsud is in custody but the "bungled attempt by the Afghan government to cultivate a shadowy alliance with Islamist militants escalated into the latest flash point in the troubled relationship between Afghanistan and the US," the New York Times said in a report, according to new accounts by officials from both countries.

    The Afghan intelligence was seeking to work with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in order to find a "trump card in a baroque regional power game" that will unfold once the American forces withdraw from the country. behind this plan was that the Afghans could "later gain an advantage" in negotiations with the Pakistani government by offering to back off their support for the militants . Aiding the Pakistan Taliban was an "opportunity to bring peace on our terms," the NYT report quoted one senior Afghan security official as saying.

    The report said the US caught Afghanistan "redhanded" after its forces were "tipped off " to the plan.

    Afghanistan wooed Taliban to settle scores with Pak army? - The Times of India

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    The situation in Afghanistan is indeed very troubling since there appears to be no direction that Afghanistan will steer after the US withdraws.

    One wonders why the US botched up the Afghan effort.

    The Afghans have every right to chart their own destiny and not get sold to Pakistan.

    Therefore, they were right to create a handle wherein they could negotiate on equal terms.
     
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    Sir, what do you predict on Indo-Afghan relationship post US withdrawal from there ?
     
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    The post US withdrawal scenario of Afghanistan can be said in one word - Chaos.

    There are too many interested parties like Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, the CAR and all will be jockeying for influence.

    I don't hold too much hope of India making any headway since we have been total failures in our Foreign Policy initiative. In fact, they have all backfired!
     
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