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Run Ghani Run!

25 11 22

The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The end of America’s longest war is in many ways similar to the end of Soviet Union’s war in the empire’s graveyard. Last November, Russia hosted a conference between the Taliban representatives and members of the Afghan peace council to eventually reach a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. At the time, it seemed like the Russian modus operandi to gain influence in the future Afghanistan was to convince the Taliban to talk to the Kabul regime, which the Taliban call the “puppet” regime. At the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that their aim was to hold “direct talks between the government, the Taliban movement and representatives of the wide range of the country’s social and political circles”.

The part “country’s social and political circles” became clear when Russia once again hosted talks between the Taliban and some of........

© The Express Tribune