NEW DELHI: There are no foreign takers for the Taliban fifty days after the Sunni Pashtun terrorist army militarily captured Kabul, with New Delhi placing the onus on the secrecy of Doha deal makers to take the first step toward recognition of the medieval Islamic regime.
The US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, now Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Qatari national security advisor Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Mesned, UK Chief of Defence Staff Nick Carter, and Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Jawed Bajwa were involved in the Doha Peace Process.
No other country has been given access to the details of the Doha process. Behind the scenes, the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul was supported by Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.
Since Sirajuddin Haqqani, supported by Pakistan’s ISI, took Kabul on August 15, the Taliban have constituted an exclusive administration with no room for minorities or women. With Sharia law in place, women have been forced back to medieval times, and large-scale crimes have been perpetrated against anyone believed to be a Taliban foe. The Afghan National Army’s motto has also been revised, and it now resembles that of the Pakistani army.
According to a Kabul observer, no country wants to take the lead in recognising the Taliban rule now that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s commitments to the Doha process have been thrown out the window. Furthermore, the international community is now blaming the Doha dealmakers for human rights violations in Afghanistan, despite the fact that it was none other than UK CDS Carter who promoted the Taliban by calling them “country boys” and urging the international community to give them space because the majority of Taliban boys were born after the 9/11 attacks. “It may be that this Taliban is different Taliban from the one that people remember from the 1990s.”
The Doha agreement makers made such a huge mistake that even General Mark Milley, the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, has changed his tune and now calls the Taliban a terrorist outfit in cahoots with Al Qaeda. The Taliban rule, with ISI as its midwife, remains as medieval as ever, and has no qualms about erasing anything that the US-led coalition troops have accomplished in the last 20 years. The Kabul regime is split, with the Taliban led by Mullah Yaqoob on one side and Sirajuddin Haqqani on the other, leaving Baradar with nowhere to go.
While Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the Taliban on August 15 for breaking the shackles of (US) slavery, Islamabad is dissatisfied with the situation, with no country willing to recognise the regime and the UN passing a stringent 2593 resolution on Afghanistan on August 30 under India’s presidency. Even Islamabad’s hope that the Taliban administration would drive the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to negotiate has failed, since the terror group is just not interested in negotiating and has resumed its attacks on Rawalpindi. To make matters worse for Islamabad, by the end of 2022, India will be in charge of the UN’s 1267 committee, which is responsible for designating and withdrawing terrorist labels and ensuing sanctions.
With no government in Kabul and food and fuel supplies in short supply in Afghanistan, the Taliban terror regime is fast bringing the already failing country to its knees. And the peacemakers in Doha must shoulder some of the responsibility.