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‘Rise In ‘Islamic State’ Activity Suggests Taliban Has Shelf Life For Pakistan’

NEW DELHI: Terror groups are expendable to Pakistan once they have served their purpose, Amar Sinha, National Security Advisory Board member and India’s ex-envoy to Afghanistan tells StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. So, does the rise in ‘Islamic State’ activity in Afghanistan over the last three years signal that shift away from the Taliban? The U.S. is now blaming ISKP(Islamic State in Khorasan Province, also known as ISIS-K) for the attacks on a Kabul maternity hospital and a funeral that killed over 50 civilians including babies and mothers. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad’s statement says, ‘ISIS-K also opposes a peace agreement…Afghans must come together to crush this menace and pursue a historic peace opportunity.’ India, on its part, is sticking to the position that it will not deal directly with the Taliban as of now. This is despite Ambassador Khalilzad suggesting a more active role when he dropped by in Delhi, coronavirus notwithstanding. In an interview to ‘The Hindu’ he spelt it out, that India should engage with the terrorist group.

Amar Sinha warns against toeing the U.S. line that seeks to protect American interests and questions whether the U.S.-Taliban deal takes into account India’s terrorism concerns. In his view, the Taliban appears intent on resurrecting the old emirate, through the barrel of a gun if need be. Ambassador Sinha argues India can message the Taliban without betraying friends in Afghanistan and without having to call on the Taliban in Doha. He adds Delhi is engaging with the entire political spectrum in Afghanistan and doesn’t need a reminder from Washington to be cognizant of the equity its built up in Afghanistan. On the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan, the ex-envoy, who was one of India’s ‘non-official’ representatives in international talks with the Taliban in Moscow, says New Delhi should let its medical aid reach Taliban areas if the Afghan government requests.

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Amar Sinha retired as Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs in June 2017 after a diplomatic career spanning 35 years. He was Ambassador to Afghanistan (2013-16) and Tajikistan (2007-10). He also served in missions in Algiers, Buenos Aires, Washington DC, Jakarta and Brussels.

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The 'Eye' of the story not the 'I' of the story. That's Amitabh Pashupati Revi's credo from the beginning of his professional journey in 1995. From conflicts in the war zones of Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq to nuances of international politics in the Maldives,Thailand, and South Sudan, Amitabh has reported from all the world's continents, except for Antarctica(so far). Though, he has documented the world's third pole, the Siachen Glacier!
Amitabh reports and produces documentaries on the two-front China-Pakistan threat to India. His ground reports from Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh have received viewership in the hundreds of thousands. Amitabh has interviewed world leaders, top global analysts, and experts in India, Russia, the United States, and Australia as well. Along the way, he’s picked up the Russian language, the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on the 'Islamic State' terrorist group in Iraq, the Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria, and the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship. Last but not least, as a founder member of StratNews Global, Amitabh helps lead the reporting, editorial, production, and administration teams at StratNews Global, BharatShakti, and InterStellar on their journey ahead.