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Opinion: US Rams down Taliban Pact: Stabilisation vis-a`-vis shifting political allainces

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22.02.2020

The manner in which the Trump administration is ramming down the Afghan throat a peace settlement is disconcerting. Delhi’s silence is more so. One shudders to think that comprador elements in the Indian establishment could be silently collaborating with the US project, in the shadow of upcoming Namaste Trump.

Neither the Indian political leadership nor the ‘deep state’ seems to grasp that the geopolitics of the South Asian region is transforming with far-reaching consequences.

Events are moving in a torrential flow, navigated by the US-Pakistani compass. With Pakistani help, the Trump administration has secured a near-optimal deal with the Taliban.

The deal calls for negotiations between Afghans to start next month, an eventual countrywide cease-fire and a commitment from the Taliban not to harbour terrorist groups, while setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.

Pompeo’s announcement comes immediately after a stunning op-ed by the deputy head of the Taliban (dreaded leader of Haqqani network), Sirajuddin Haqqani in the New York Times, vowing that his fighters are “fully committed” to the “reduction in violence” deal

Pompeo’s announcement comes immediately after a stunning op-ed by the deputy head of the Taliban (dreaded leader of Haqqani network), Sirajuddin Haqqani in the New York Times, vowing that his fighters are “fully committed” to the “reduction in violence” deal

A senior US official claimed that the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” is “very specific” and covers Afghan government forces, and, importantly, Taliban has committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks.

The “reduction in violence” will commence tomorrow, but earlier today, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disclosed that the pact will be inked on February 29, which suggests Washington’s growing trust in the Taliban.

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Pompeo’s announcement comes immediately after a stunning op-ed by the deputy head of the Taliban (dreaded leader of Haqqani network), Sirajuddin Haqqani in the New York Times, the flag carrier of the Washington establishment, vowing that his fighters are “fully committed” to the “reduction in violence” deal.........

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