Afghanistan-Pakistan border emerging as 'number one' terror hub since Taliban takeover: Expert
A geo-political expert has said the rugged terrain on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border has once again emerged as the 'number one' terror hub in the world.
"Violence is already on the upswing targeting ethnic and religious minorities and could reach nightmarish proportions, without the domineering, yet ineffective, presence of American and the NATO forces," Iraklis Voridis wrote in his article published in Greek City Times.
The problem is worsened manifolds by a recalcitrant Pakistan that is vigorously supporting the Taliban, by pressuring the world community to accept it, as it is, citing a humanitarian crisis and misery of the Afghan people, the writer said.
Western efforts are being made to by-pass the Taliban who have formed an interim government that is far from inclusive and totally excludes women’s role, he said.
The expert further said the problem is complicated by the hands-off attitude of China and Russia, ostensibly to score diplomatic points with the US/NATO.
"They certainly fear violence emboldening militant groups on their territories, but have extended tacit support to the Kabul regime, hoping they can work out their own security arrangements with Kabul," the writer said.
Interestingly, Taliban forces captured power in Afghanistan on Aug 15 after entering Kabul city.