NEW DELHI: This week’s ‘Talking Point’: U.S. President Joe Biden announcing the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan before the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Ambassador Amar Sinha, India’s former envoy to Afghanistan, Ex-National Security Advisory Board member, Distinguished Fellow, RIS and Anand Arni, former Special Secretary, who served in India’s external intelligence agency R&AW for 37 years dealing with Pakistan and Afghanistan and currently Distinguished Fellow at the Geostrategy Programme, Takshashila Institution discuss the ramifications with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.
Has the Taliban achieved a major part of its goal without concessions, has the Afghan polity been thrown under the bus, is the Taliban triumphant, has Pakistan achieved the defeat of a second super power, will the Taliban realise there is no military solution, is the White House now not susceptible to blackmail or seduction by GHQ, Rawalpindi, how will America handle the fallout, what will the Haqqani network do and what does the Lashkar-e-Taiba masquerading and morphing into any terrorist group it chooses mean for India, how does New Delhi deal with the various leaders and groups and what to expect from the Istanbul process? Watch this discussion.
Editor’s note: We apologise for weather-related network issues that affect this broadcast in places. This conversation was recorded before U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Afghan leaders in Kabul.