Since the withdrawal of American forces, the situation in Afghanistan has continued to deteriorate. Taliban fighters have intensified violent attempts to capture and seize power in Afghanistan. Every day new areas are being captured by the Taliban and the violence continues unabated.
In such a situation, whoever is supporting Afghanistan and opposing the actions of the Taliban, is targeted.
The death of Danish Siddiqui is an example of that.
The way the issue of Afghanistan dominated the meeting of foreign ministers of countries affiliated to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and there was widespread condemnation of the Taliban’s jihadi attitude and attacks, it is clear that the days ahead are going to be more dangerous.
Especially all the countries except Pakistan are warning the Taliban especially about the failure of all peace efforts and continuous violation of the ceasefire.
If you look at the last pictures of young Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui on Instagram, the victim of the Taliban attack, you will get a glimpse of the terror of the Taliban in Kandahar and surrounding areas.
Danish is constantly passing through those dangerous areas and bullets are hitting the glass of his car. The manner in which this vehicle of Afghan security forces was blown up amidst the firing from all sides and all the Afghan soldiers in it including Danish was killed, shows the intentions of the Taliban.
The Assassination of the Danish and The Intentions of the Taliban In
fact, since the withdrawal of American forces, the situation in Afghanistan has continued to deteriorate. Taliban fighters have intensified violent attempts to capture and seize power in Afghanistan. Every day new areas are being captured by the Taliban and the violence continues unabated. In such a situation, whoever is supporting Afghanistan and opposing the actions of the Taliban, is targeted. The death of Danish Siddiqui is an example of that.
The way the issue of Afghanistan dominated the meeting of foreign ministers of countries affiliated to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and there was widespread condemnation of the Taliban’s jihadi attitude and attacks, it is clear that the days ahead are going to be more dangerous. Especially all the countries except Pakistan are warning the Taliban especially about the failure of all peace efforts and continuous violation of the ceasefire.
India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has also given a stern warning to the Taliban to give up the path of violence. However, over the past two decades since US forces remained in Afghanistan, the Taliban has steadily strengthened its strength. Has trained its fighters in modern to latest weapons.
History of Taliban and Afghanistan
If we go back, the five years from 1996 to 2001 were the most dangerous and terrifying for the people of Afghanistan, when the Taliban ruled there and tried to tell the world how Islamic governments run. This period was especially the worst for the women there and the terrorist policies and cruel laws of the Taliban government were openly criticized all over the world, human rights organizations came to the fore and this issue was covered in all international forums.
After all, the US sent thousands of its soldiers to initiate peace initiatives and helped restore democracy in Afghanistan for 20 years from 2001 to now. Peace talks with the Taliban continued, a ceasefire was enforced, but the Taliban kept making their preparations within. His mission was then and still is to rule Afghanistan. Constantly opposing American intervention, the Taliban continued to consider America as their biggest enemy.
Al Qaeda emerged in the late eighties and early nineties and Osama bin Laden was considered the world’s biggest terrorist. Bin Laden had a world of his own, but the Taliban continued to help him. Osama runs his activities from Peshawar in Afghanistan and Pakistan and helps all terrorist organizations, making strategies for attacking his biggest enemy America.
The attacks on the World Trade Tower and the Pentagon, which became famous as 9/11, are still like a nightmare for the whole world including America. But America kept its army in Afghanistan for twenty years and efforts for peace continued, but former US President Donald Trump announced on the way that US troops would return from Afghanistan by January 2021.
Actually, his argument was that how long America can keep its army in Afghanistan. Now Afghanistan should solve its own problem, although America will continue to support it from the outside.
However, the timeline for January passed, and six months after Biden became president, American troops finally returned.
Withdrawal of American forces and situation in Afghanistan On the
another hand, when the withdrawal of American forces started, the Taliban started spreading their feet rapidly in Afghanistan from April itself. It is reported that the Taliban wants to seize power in Afghanistan with the help of about 80,000 fighters. During the last four months, he has waged a war, and more than 1100 Afghan soldiers and about four thousand civilians have been victims of it.
Under the leadership of Taliban chief Maulvi Haibatullah Ankhujada, the Taliban is carrying out attacks from Kandahar to Kabul. The Taliban is also claiming that it has captured about 85 percent of Afghanistan’s land. Taliban spokespersons are also saying that three and a half hundred districts in 421 of Afghanistan have come to the Taliban. What is the ground reality, it cannot be said clearly. However, there are many such claims in war. Yet there is no doubt that it is a very difficult time for Afghanistan at this time.
What will happen to India with the emergence of the Taliban
This is a time of dilemma for India. Specially as India has had strong trade relations with Afghanistan for the last two decades and many projects are going on there, especially a big project of the gas pipeline is stuck in the middle. In such a situation, the difficulty is that if the Taliban completely occupied Afghanistan, then how will a new script of relations be written.
India has never held talks with or supported Taliban leaders so far, Pakistan, on the other hand, has first recognized the Taliban government and if Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during the ongoing Central South Asia Conference in Tashkent on Friday. If we look at the statement, it is clear that his stand has been consistently in favor of the Taliban.
Describing the RSS ideology as a major obstacle in the way of improving relations with India and opening the way for dialogue, Imran said that we constantly want peace and friendship, but the ideology of the RSS is becoming a hindrance. It has also come to the fore many times that all the military commanders of the Taliban and many top leaders get help from Pakistan. That is why Imran Khan prefers to remain silent on the issue of Afghanistan for now and turns the conversation towards India.
Till now India has had very friendly relations with Afghanistan. India has also helped a lot in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. This message has been given continuously from all the forums that the people of Afghanistan want a free and peaceful democratic country. Whatever the issues are, they should be resolved politically through dialogue, but can it be expected from the Taliban leaders and terrorist organizations there that they can adopt the path of peace or will such appeals have any effect on them.
Here, what can be the effect of these peace appeals on those who constantly talk about jihad and are determined to do anything to achieve their destination? But what can countries around the world do apart from these appeals? Now it is for the Taliban to decide how much it accepts international laws and agreements and whether its dream of ruling Afghanistan can come out of this violent and warpath.
To rule any country, you have to win the trust of the people there, so will the Taliban ever win that trust. Obviously, the eyes of the whole world are on it.