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Afghanistan Post-Taliban victory.

Byline: SAAD MAQBOOL-Islamabad

Afghanistan has witnessed the defeat and expulsion of Soviet and American forces in the last fifty years.

The announcement of the final US troop's withdrawal from May 2021 has once again brought Afghanistan into global limelight.

Despite a trillion dollar investment, Kabul's fall only days after the US withdrawal, is as significant as the fall of Vietnam in 1975.

Both defeats involved the same superpower. Neither President Biden nor the US intelligence or think-tanks could've predicted Kabul's fall. Afghan Taliban took over Kabul with hardly any bloodshed.

Formation of the new Afghan government is in process with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as its potential leader and unlike a western democracy, it will be the Islamic Emirate with a Council of Advisors.

The new Afghan Taliban are different from the Taliban twenty years prior. They have declared amnesty for all with a promise to include all parties in the new government.

The US, Western and Indian embassies have closed but Russia, China and Pakistan are retaining their embassies.

Ex-President Ashraf Ghani has escaped Kabul with millions in cash and is seeking political asylum in the UAE.

These events have huge implications for Pakistan in terms of security and an expected further influx of Afghan refugees (on top of three million already settled). PM Imran's government is expected to recognise the new regime.

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Author:SAAD MAQBOOL-Islamabad
Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Aug 22, 2021
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