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    Is the Taliban-led Government in Afghanistan becoming a Threat to Peace in Pakistan?

    Is the Taliban-led Government in Afghanistan becoming a Threat to Peace in Pakistan?

    By Sofia Fazal

    Between July and August 2021, when US soldiers started to leave Afghanistan, the Taliban started to take hold. They now have complete power over the nation and have installed an interim government. Ever since the Afghan-Taliban came into power, conflicts have increased alarmingly along the problematic border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The regularity of these clashes has only risen since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021.The most recent border conflict between Pakistan and Afghanistan took place on December 15, 2022, Thursday. According to Pakistani officials, one person was killed and 15 others were injured in a new round of “indiscriminate” cross-border artillery bombardment by Afghan Taliban fighters on civilian locations.

    The victims also included women and children. Although the strike provoked a brief exchange of gunfire close to the Chaman border crossing, no information of Afghan side casualties was immediately available. Due to similar clashes last month, Pakistan closed the Chaman-Spin Boldak crossing for more than a week, stranding hundreds of vehicle convoys carrying Afghan commercial cargo on both sides. According to speculation, incidences of militant attacks on Pakistani security personnel have also increased after Gen. Asim Munir, the country’s new army leader, took over for Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29.There was a great deal of celebration in Pakistan following the fall of the Ghani administration in Kabul last year.

    The security establishment as well as conservative sections of the populace welcomed the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. However, recent events have shown the unfavourable side effects of a Taliban-led government. Islamabad’s shaky relationship with the Afghan Taliban makes the situation extremely dangerous for Pakistan, which is already dealing with multiple crises at home, including a severe economic downturn, political unrest over the confrontation between the powerful army and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, and the ongoing effects of significant flooding earlier this year.

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