This will be Afghanistan’s fourth presidential election since 2004, when the current Constitution came into force. President Ashraf Ghani, who was excluded from the US-Taliban talks on the latter’s say-so, has pushed forcefully for these election to be held.
At this point — not unlike a 1971 moment for Pakistan — if India wishes to salvage something of its own credibility as the world’s largest democracy, it should first first roll back all the restrictions imposed in J&K, free all political prisoners, restore communications and other rights of people.
Amrullah Saleh, a former chief of the Afghan intelligence service National Directorate of Security, tells The Indian Express "the key is for the Taliban to realise they can't subdue a nation by guns and bombs provided by the Pakistani ISI and the army".
US President Donald Trump has said he has ‘called off peace negotiations’ with Taliban. But a resumption of talks cannot be ruled out; nor can a full US withdrawal without a deal. And could India have unexpectedly got a foot in the door?
Drafted last week, the agreement sets out a timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. It is not a peace deal, the onus for which lies with the Afghan government. What are the challenges it faces?
About the alliance with the Sena, Fadnavis said, “At least what I know, at the top in Delhi and Maharashtra, there is no confusion. We will fight in alliance, it will be a mandate for the alliance, and very soon the details will be made public.”
The government’s pre-occupation with maintaining law and order and conveying an impression of normalcy has not stopped its machinery from preparing for the reorganisation of the state set to come into effect October 31.
Standing at the gates of the guest house, Khanna, a former president of the Amritsar market association and a member of an organisation that had been most vocal in demanding the abrogation of Article 370, said Sofi was “a friend of 29 years” and almost “a family member”.
With the near total shutdown of communications, officials said they have been finding it hard to get public feedback to the measures, and only when phones and Internet are restored will a picture emerge.
The US, eager to pull out of Afghanistan, is rushing a deal with the Taliban; Pak is basking in its place on the talks table; and India is wary of what is to follow. As the ripples of India’s decision to strip J&K of its special status are felt, Nirupama Subramanian on the geopolitics shaping the region and its policies.