Both sides have their own complaints, Taliban-Pakistan relations are getting sour

Both sides have their own complaints, Taliban-Pakistan relations are getting sour

The Taliban government is keeping a close watch on the changing attitude of Pakistan in the matter of Afghanistan. There is a general understanding here that the friendly approach Pakistan had shown after the Taliban came to power last year has passed. Now Pakistan is more interested in controlling terrorist organizations based in Afghanistan. At the same time, he is trying to stop India's possible role in Afghanistan. Due to this, the bitterness in Pakistan's relations with the current government of Afghanistan is continuously increasing.

According to analysts, Pakistan's complaint is that the Taliban government has not addressed its concerns. Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have increased by 56 percent since the Taliban came to power. Bases of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) continue to exist in Afghanistan. Pakistan alleges that these groups are carrying out terrorist attacks on it from across the border. Pakistan has especially been the target of TTP.

Observers have pointed out that in September this year, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif criticized Afghanistan while addressing the UN General Assembly. He had said that Pakistan agreed with the concern of the international community regarding terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. That speech saw deep resentment in the Taliban. On the other hand, Pakistani commentators have said that the Taliban is trying to adopt an autonomous foreign policy, which can hurt the interests of Pakistan.

Ahmed Waqas, assistant professor of sociology at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, wrote in a commentary published on the website Asia Times - 'The Taliban is urging India to resume bilateral trade and humanitarian aid and play a role in Afghanistan now. Increase it. Taliban has shown interest in taking India's help in training Afghan forces.

The Taliban has supported the Chabahar port project in Iran. While this project has been developed against Pakistan's Gwadar port. Ahmed Waqas has said that this is also an example of the fact that the Taliban is ignoring the interests of Pakistan.

According to observers, keeping its influence in Afghanistan seems very important to Pakistan from the point of view of its foreign policy objectives. While the current Taliban government is constantly making it realize that it is not the Taliban government of the 1990s. At that time, there was an impression that the sources of the Taliban government were in the hands of Pakistan, especially Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.

Taliban sources also do not hesitate to say that their relationship with Pakistan cannot be one of patron and subordinate. The Taliban's complaint is that the Pakistani government does not treat them as equals. According to analysts, relations between the two countries have steadily deteriorated in recent months due to deepening grievances on both sides towards each other.

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