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Regime change in Afghanistan

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Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Person second from left is a former bodyguard for Ghani. (AP Photo/Zabi Karimi)

Col Sushil Tanwar
The swift takeover of Kabul by the Taliban has created a flutter in the regional geo strategic landscape. While the world is still struggling to address the critical dilemma of providing legitimacy to the new regime, it is Islamabad which is currently in a state of maximum anxiety over the future course of events.
The centrality of Pakistan to the Afghan Cauldron, both as a problem and as a solution, has never been in doubt. It not only deftly exploited its leverage over Taliban leadership especially the ‘Quetta Shura’ , but was also smart enough to portray that it has limited influence over Taliban and therefore can only be a ‘facilitator’ and not a “guarantor” to the Afghan…

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