India looks to Afghan Taliban to offset big diplomatic victory of Pakistan at the International front

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India looks to Afghan Taliban to offset big diplomatic victory of Pakistan at the International front

ISLAMABAD - The signing of a peace accord between the Taliban and the United States doesn’t augur well for India but is highly beneficial for Pakistan

There seems to be an air of uncertainly in Afghanistan, the US and Taliban are all set to tie the knot by signing the historic peace accord on February 29 following a ceasefire in hostilities for the reduction in violence (RIV) for a period of seven days.

However, the proposed “peace deal” to be agreed upon by the US and the Taliban is a pact fraught with a nightmare for India and the common Afghan people.

The conclusion of the peace accord comes at a time when the Taliban is not only at their zenith when it comes to their ability to launch large scale attacks inflicting mass casualties to the Afghan forces and the US-led forces but over half of the country is under Taliban control.

On top of that the US requires Pakistan to “extricate” itself in the landlocked country, the campaign has cost the US taxpayer nearly $1 trillion and over 2,400 personnel lives.

Pakistan will invariably look to bolster its “strategic depth” in the country as the powerful Pakistani spy agency ISI is the ideological and military godfather of the Afghan Taliban.

India has a lot at stake when it comes to proposed peace deal, at a time when the Afghan security forces are finding it extremely difficult to contain the Taliban, it is necessary for New Delhi to make some tough but necessary calculations to contain the fallout of the agreement and possibly thwart Pakistan’s attempts to scuttle Indian presence and to prevent the war-wracked country from being exploited for nefarious designs of Pakistani proxies, Khaama Press has reported.

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