India Today: As Pakistan attempts to assert its influence in Kabul, there is a major tussle going on between Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Faiz Hameed. Sources in the intelligence agencies said the tussle has come to a point where the Pakistan Army chief has been
Ayaz Gul VOA News September 18, 2021 ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says he has opened a dialogue with Afghanistan’s Taliban to try to persuade them to form an “inclusive” government in Kabul to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country. Khan disclosed the initiative Saturday via Twitter, saying it stemmed from his
Mohsin Dawar via The Diplomat: Pakistan has played an active role in creating, facilitating and supporting the Taliban over the decades, a fact that the state has stopped denying. But it has done so at the very heavy cost of the lives of thousands of Pakistanis and hundreds of thousands of Afghans. Pakistan continues to
Bloomberg: The man the U.S. and its allies hoped would be a moderate voice in Afghanistan’s Taliban government has been sidelined after a dramatic shootout in the presidential palace in Kabul, according to people with knowledge of the matter… Khalil ul Rahman Haqqani rose from his chair and began punching the Taliban leader… Click here
Bloomberg: Taliban leaders would not hold power in Kabul today if not for Pakistani support. The haven that Taliban commanders, their families and their fighters received within Pakistan allowed the insurgents — devastated and scattered by the initial U.S. invasion in 2001 — to rebuild their ranks. For nearly two decades, elements within the Pakistani
"Afghan life is all about color." Afghan women are posting photos of their colorful traditional dress, to challenge the all-black, fully covered image propagated by the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/52jbIcuXjg — DW News (@dwnews) September 13, 2021
“Iran should not allow Pakistan to play the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan.” Iranian MP: Pakistan's ISI head is involved in #PanjshirValley offensive as well as the formation of the Taliban cabinet. pic.twitter.com/5FpUcQdLN9 — Tehran Times (@TehranTimes79) September 12, 2021
Bloomberg: The U.S. has abandoned Kabul, but America’s former client in Islamabad still holds leverage over the superpower it helped defeat. For much of the war on terror that began after 9/11, Pakistan played a double game. Click here to read more (external link).