South Asia and Beyond

“Pakistan’s Swagger In Afghanistan Is Gone, TTP Friction Has Grown Two Years After Taliban Takeover”

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Gautam Mukhopadhaya, India’s Former Envoy to Afghanistan in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Two years after the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, Ambassador Mukhopadhaya points out,” Afghanistan is simply not in the news and the situation, both within and without seems to be largely one of stasis. Overall, what we see, is that the Taliban has really reasserted its hardline dogmatic interpretation of the Shariat.” The former India envoy though adds, “the swagger that (former ISI Chief) General Faiz Hameed exhibited in Kabul at the time of the takeover, that swagger has gone. Pakistan itself is in deep trouble, and is now facing blowback from precisely the kind of elements that they had harboured. A snake that they have reared is back to bite them.”

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Watch this interview for more on Ambassador Mukhopadhaya’s assessment of where Afghanistan, the region, India and the world stand, two years after the Taliban’s return to power.

You can also watch our exclusive interviews on-the-ground in Kabul in August 2022:
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A rare, comprehensive, in-person interview in Kabul of Zabihullah Mujahid, Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan(IEA).
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And an interview in Kabul with Zahrah Nabi, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist.