With Pakistan’s intelligence chief dashing to Afghanistan amidst efforts by the Taliban to finalise a authorities, former Indian diplomats on Sunday stated the state of affairs within the war-torn nation was nonetheless in a “flux” and India has no different choice however to attend and watch, whereas avoiding any “knee-jerk response”.
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed rushed to Kabul on an unannounced go to.
Hameed’s go to to Afghanistan comes as strain is mounting on the Taliban to kind an inclusive authorities acceptable to the worldwide group.
Anil Wadhwa, who served as Secretary (East) within the Ministry of External Affairs earlier than retiring in 2017, stated India ought to keep away from any knee-jerk response to the developments in Afghanistan and observe a wait and watch coverage.
“India should avoid a knee-jerk reaction because it remains to be seen what kind of government is formed by the Taliban, whether it is an inclusive government or not. No knee jerk reaction (India should), just wait and see how the situation emerges,” Wadhwa informed PTI.
On the ISI chief’s go to to Kabul, he stated the affect of the ISI on the Taliban, particularly the Haqqanis, is well-known and they also want to have that affect within the new authorities.
Asked if India ought to spell out its expectations from the brand new authorities, Wadhwa stated this must be conveyed every time there’s an engagement with the Taliban representatives in Doha.
He added that India, in all chance, has already conveyed to the Talibani facet that Afghanistan’s soil shouldn’t be used for anti-India actions.
T C A Raghavan, who was India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan from June 2013-December 2015, additionally echoed related views and stated the state of affairs in Afghanistan was nonetheless in a flux and India ought to undertake a wait and watch strategy.
“In my view the situation in Afghanistan is still in a flux, so we should not end up in a situation where we are commenting on our own analysis. Because the Pakistan ISI chief is there, it is easy to start commenting on our own impression that he is forming the government,” he informed PTI.
“Situation (in Afghanistan) is in a flux and we should await developments. The fact that Pakistanis have a certain position in Afghanistan today is undeniable,” Raghavan stated.
Asked if India ought to spell out its expectations of a authorities in Afghanistan and set out its preconditions for recognising the regime there, he stated, “I don’t think we are at a stage where we make our objectives into preconditions.”
Rakesh Sood, a former Ambassador of India to Afghanistan, stated, “I think we have no choice but to wait and watch. I don’t think we have any other option.”
“The situation may be in a flux but I don’t think India is that significant. If the DG ISI has to go there to sort out matters, it is quite clear as to what the situation is. He has not gone there to exchange views about the weather,” Sood stated.
G Parthasarathy, who has been India’s envoy in a number of nations together with Pakistan, stated India mustn’t rush into something and keep away from any knee-jerk response to the developments in Afghanistan.
“Having dealt with Pakistan and lived there for seven years, I would have been surprised if the Pakistanis did not do what they were doing. It is only sections of Indians that are taken for a ride about Pakistan,” he stated in reference to the ISI chief’s go to.
Cautioning in opposition to the China-Pakistan alliance, Parthasarathy stated, “We will go wrong as long as we underestimate the dangers posed by the China-Pakistan alliance. Pakistan by itself is no threat, it becomes problematic when it acts in alliance with China.”
On what ought to be India’s strategy, the previous diplomat informed PTI that India mustn’t rush into something, take time and see the path through which issues are transferring as Afghanistan’s inner politics will form the developments.
“There are groups like the Haqqani network which are agents of the ISI because the Haqqani family lives in Pakistan. Let us see how it plays out. No need for us to rush into anything. The sensible Afghans have told us that they appreciate Indian assistance,” he stated, including that India has completed the correct factor until now.
Okay C Singh, who has served as India’s envoy to the UAE and Iran, stated the truth that the formation of the Taliban authorities has been delayed signifies a battle between the extra average parts led by Mullah Barader and the Haqqanis fronting for Pakistan and its military.
“Most countries are waiting and watching but also exerting pressure on the Taliban. India should take up a public position on what kind of inclusive government it expects, pending which it would not recognise the Taliban government,” he informed PTI.
ISI DG Hameed’s go to to Afghanistan is the primary high-level go to of any Pakistani official to Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban took over of Kabul on August 15.
Since then, the Taliban have been attempting to kind a authorities however to this point have held again the announcement.
The Taliban had postponed the formation of a brand new authorities in Afghanistan for this week, because the rebel group struggles to offer form to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the worldwide group.
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