The Pakistani military had made several suggestions to the Afghan governments for their soldiers. While the Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa made many visits, “only six cadets went to Pakistan while thousands were trained in India,” said Major General Babar Iftikhar (Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations) at a Friday press conference. The spokesperson for Pakistan’s army was trying to figure out why the Afghan army and people hate Pakistan so much.
“India poisoned Afghanistan’s intelligence agencies and army leaders, thereby generating negative comments against Pakistan.” While he tried to explain the many things Pakistan has done for Afghanistan and its people, he was still blamed for the mess in Afghanistan.
“Whatever happened in Afghanistan, it is important to understand India’s role. All the investments India made in Afghanistan were done solely to hurt Pakistan. They do not care about Afghanistan or the Afghan people. The Pakistani army and intelligence agencies have been blamed by previous Afghan governments, their parliamentarians, armies, media outlets, and political commentators for supporting the Taliban and other militant groups to take over Afghanistan. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
Sheikh Rasheed, Pakistan’s interior minister, said that Taliban families were living in Pakistan and that injured and deceased fighters had been brought to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Many Afghans now want to flee their homeland. Some have managed to flee, while others are still waiting at the Kabul airport. This is the most dangerous area in the region. Many have openly criticized Pakistan for its miseries. They claim that Pakistan has set out to make Afghanistan weaker, more divided, and less able to access their resources in order to control it against India’s supposed influence. According to Pakistan, the best way to achieve this is to support proxy terrorist groups in the region.
The euphoria has now passed and the realities are setting in. Pakistan has not received any assurances from Taliban regarding Tehreek-etaliban Pakistan’s control, except for one general statement that Afghanistan will not be used against any other country, including India.
Analysts in Pakistan believe that another problem is on the horizon. Once the Taliban is in control, the Taliban will bring up the Durand Line, the Pakistan-Afghan border. They believe that the Taliban will not address Pakistan’s strategic issues. It has rejected recognition of the Durand Line as an international boundary between Afghanistan and Pakistan, just like previous Afghan governments.
Amrullah Saleh, the former first vice-chancellor and “acting” president of Pakistan, had made it clear that there would be no compromise on the Durand line.
“No Afghan politician of national standing can ignore the Durand Line issue. It will make him or her a failure in both life and after death. This is a problem that needs to be discussed and resolved. It is unreasonable to expect us to give it away for free. Peshawar was once the capital of Afg,” Saleh tweeted.
TTP, the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Pakistan, has declared their support for a stronger Afghanistan.
“Our fight is in Pakistan, and we are at war against the Pakistani forces.” In a recent interview, Noor Wali Mehsud, chief of TTP, stated that they are determined to seize control over the border regions of Pakistan and make them independent.