The United States, which during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan supported Pakistan, forcing other countries, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to support the anti-Soviet course of Islamabad, after the departure of the Shuravi from Afghanistan left Pakistanis alone with the problems of Afghan refugees, drug addiction and accumulation of weapons on in the hands of the population.
If after the September 11 terrorist attacks Pakistan supported Washington’s policy, today Islamabad began to defend the Taliban movement he created, minimizing the consequences of the sudden US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A misguided foreign policy dating back to the Bush administration has given the Obama administration a false impression of success in Iraq. The army was entrusted with the mission of countering the partisan struggle.
The US military acted as if everything was going well in Afghanistan, although over the past many years, the US military could not even form a combat-ready army in Afghanistan.
Washington previously believed that an international terrorist organization opposing US interests would not be able to survive even in Afghanistan, but now they admit the possibility of recognition of the Taliban in power in this country.
Ashraf Ghani, whose resignation had been promoted by the Taliban as a precondition for the Doha talks, was forced to leave power shortly after the Taliban approached Kabul. As a result, it turned out that without the support of the United States, the Afghan army simply does not exist.
The advancement of the Taliban until August 15, attempts to seize power without fighting through negotiations in Kabul, and the fact that, albeit in words, they defined some principles in terms of guarantees to the people – all this shows that the Taliban since their arrival in Kabul 25 years ago, they have learned from the course of events in subsequent periods.
The real test for Pakistan is not to sacrifice its geo-economic approach and development agenda in favor of the strategic depth of Afghanistan.
The biggest risk for Pakistan will be Afghanistan, which is again experiencing problems with security, refugees from that country and terrorism. Obviously, after the formation of a new government under the leadership of the Taliban, neighboring and other states will want to use Afghan lands to create instability in neighboring countries.
The processes in Afghanistan can turn into one of the main factors influencing the domestic and foreign policy of Pakistan.
In the current reality in the region, it will be extremely difficult for the government of Imran Khan to maintain the attractiveness of Pakistan for the outside world, including investors.
[Доц. Омер Аслан, преподаватель факультета международных отношений Университета Йылдырым Баязит в Анкаре]
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