Simply days after the Taliban took Kabul, their flag was flying excessive above a central mosque in Pakistan’s capital. It was an in-your-face gesture meant to spite the defeated Individuals — and an indication of the true victors within the 20-year Afghan struggle.
Pakistan was ostensibly America’s companion within the struggle towards Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Nevertheless it was a relationship rived by duplicity and divided pursuits from its very begin after 9/11. Pakistan’s intelligence service nurtured and guarded Taliban property inside Pakistan by the course of the struggle.
Already Pakistan, together with Russia and China, helps fill the area the Individuals have vacated. The embassies of the three nations have remained open because the Taliban seized Kabul.
However Robert L. Grenier, a former C.I.A. station chief in Pakistan, mentioned that Pakistan must be cautious what it wished for.
“If the Afghan Taliban change into leaders of a pariah state, which is probably going, Pakistan will discover itself tethered to them,” he mentioned.
A Taliban-run state on its border will little question embolden Taliban and different Islamist militants in Pakistan itself. And except for sustaining the steadiness of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, the Individuals now have much less incentive to take care of Pakistan.
So the query for Pakistan is: What is going to it do with the damaged nation that’s its prize?