How India can guard its interests should Kabul fall to the Taliban?

Source: Indian Express, The Hindu, Livemint Relevance: Understanding India’s future role and policy in Afghanistan, in light of American exit. Synopsis: Future course of action for India when it comes to recent events in Afghanistan. Background With US and NATO completing their pull-out from Bagram air base and other key locations, the Taliban are making… Continue reading How India can guard its interests should Kabul fall to the Taliban?

India’s future Afghan policy – Explained, pointwise

Introduction Taliban has swiftly advanced across Afghanistan after a speedy withdrawal of US troops. While the US has confirmed that 90% of the withdrawal is done, the Taliban has claimed that it is in control of 85% of Afghanistan territory. These developments mean that the regional powers now have the burden of managing the military vacuum… Continue reading India’s future Afghan policy – Explained, pointwise

Thaw on the western front

Relevance: India’s engagement with Taliban and Pakistan, and political parties Kashmir valley will stabilize its western front.   Synopsis: Hijack of IC-814 flight by Taliban made India look West. Now, in the light of US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, India is again trying to reshape its strategic outlook towards Western region.  Why is India engaging with Taliban?  India is talking to the Taliban because the… Continue reading Thaw on the western front

India engagement with Afghan Taliban

Synopsis- India has to be realistic. It has to come to terms with the reality that the Taliban have an upper hand and they might actually come to power. Introduction- Indian officials have met and held discussions with the Taliban representatives in Doha ahead of the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan This is… Continue reading India engagement with Afghan Taliban

U.S, Taliban sign peace deal

News:The US and Taliban have signed a peace deal in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Facts: Key provisions of the deal: Withdrawal of the United States troops from Afghanistan. A commitment by the Taliban to end support for U.S.-deemed terrorist organizations. Maintaining a communications channel between US and Taliban to support implementation of the agreement.… Continue reading U.S, Taliban sign peace deal

Taliban says differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal

The U.S and Taliban officials has held productive negotiations in Doha,Qatar aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. During talks,U.S and Taliban appear to be closing in on an agreement under which U.S. forces would withdraw in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not become a haven for other terrorist groups. However,even if the US… Continue reading Taliban says differences resolved on U.S. troop withdrawal

India draws new ‘red lines’ for talks on Afghan peace process

India has shared a table with the Taliban for the first time in November, 2018.India has now spelt out its three new red lines on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The first is that all initiatives and processes must include all sections of the Afghan society including the legitimately elected government.This is important… Continue reading India draws new ‘red lines’ for talks on Afghan peace process

Peace pact with Taliban is unlikely before September polls

Addressing a gathering at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Chief Executive of the Afghan High Peace Council has said that Afghanistan would not compromise on fundamental issues with the Taliban. Further,he has also said that the US-Taliban talks has given the Taliban a higher political profile even though they are not the real… Continue reading Peace pact with Taliban is unlikely before September polls

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

The Taliban has announced the opening of their annual spring offensive. They said that they would continue fighting as long as foreign forces remained in Afghanistan.The spring offensive has been named as ‘Operation Fath’. Operation Fath which means victory in Arabic will be conducted across Afghanistan.The aim of the operation is for (a)eradicating foreign occupation… Continue reading Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has clarified that the remarks made by Pakistan PM had been taken out of context and misinterpreted.It said that Pakistan has no other interest in Afghanistan but to promote peace through an Afghan owned and Afghan led political process. Recently,Afghanistan had recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over statements made by Pakistan Prime… Continue reading Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan