Af-Pak Again – Afghanistan is back to being a terror hub, Pakistan is in political chaos. Bad news for the world

Source: The post is based on the article “Af-Pak Again – Afghanistan is back to being a terror hub, Pakistan is in political chaos. Bad news for the world” published in The Times of India on 8th November 2022.

Syllabus: GS – 2 – India and its neighbourhood- relations.

Relevance: About the Afghanistan-Pakistan status and the growth of terrorism.

News: Terrorist activities have once again increased significantly in Afghanistan. This was also the focus of recent India-Central Asia NSA-level meeting also.

About the recent India-Central Asia NSA-level meeting
Must read: Curbing terror in Afghanistan, enhancing connectivity key to India-Central Asia security: NSA Doval
What is the status of Afghanistan at present?

It has been a year since the Taliban returned to power in Kabul. It is clear that the Taliban regime is either incapable of or unwilling to crack down on multiple terror groups operating from Afghan soil. Thus, they failed in their pledge to not allow any group to use Afghan territory to attack other countries.

How has the Afghan regime impacted Pakistan?

Pakistan earlier cheered the return of the Taliban, hoping to regain the strategic depth it previously enjoyed in that country. But despite the presence of pro-Pakistani elements on Afghan soil, there has been a continued attack on Pakistan across the Durand Line.

Along with the political turmoil in Pakistan, the country was unable to control terrorism.

Read more: A balancing act — In re-establishing Indian presence in Afghanistan, timing and tact are crucial
What should be done to control terrorism emanating from Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Along with the Ukraine crisis, there should be a renewed focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

 

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