Joe Biden Pullout – The Beginning of New Love Story
Taliban-Pakistan, Kashmir, and India – The Beginning of New Love Story after Joe Biden Pullout form Afghanistan
Some may have noted that, since Joe Biden announcement of his pullout from Afghanistan, Indian media has grown fixated on the concept of the “Taliban in Kashmir.” This theory is commonly tied to a speech claimed to Zabihullah Mujahid in May 2020, in which he stated that
“it is impossible to be friends with India unless the Kashmir conflict is resolved,”
and that they plan to “capture Kashmir from infidels” after gaining power in Kabul. Even though the Taliban’s official spokesperson later rejected the statement, saying that “the Islamic Emirate’s position is clear that it does not engage in the internal affairs of other countries,” it has been ingrained in India’s collective consciousness.
Another cause for concern is the belief that Mujahideen from Afghanistan infiltrated Kashmir towards the end of the Russo-Afghan War (1989) to join the freedom fighters there. The flaw in this narrative is obvious: the removal of Russians from Afghan soil created a vacuum in which all factions began infighting, and Kabul remained the epicenter of civil war for three years — implying that the mujahideen were not immediately laid off and no longer needed on Afghan soil! Furthermore, all of the factions that Pakistan had backed during the Russian invasion had turned against Pakistan. And it was for this reason that Pakistan backed the Taliban, a very new and rising group.
It’s understandable that an Afghan-led push to infiltrate Kashmir was not viable in such a theatre of infighting and anti-Pakistan air. How could mujahideen be expected to support a cause owned by Pakistan if they were not even with Pakistan? As a result, this Indian theory is flawed; instead, the fact that the 1987 elections in Kashmir created tensions in the Indian-occupied area is not mentioned. In those elections, all Kashmiri parties that believed in the power of the vote banded together under the Muslim United Front (MUF) to oppose Farooq Abdullah, who was backed by New Delhi. The Indian side, on the other hand, rigged the polls in Abdullah’s favor. This sparked considerable discontent among the people, leading to the formation of Hizbul Mujahideen and the JKLF’s militant wing. This was the point at which organized resistance against India’s possession of Kashmir began.
In January 1990, India nominated Jagmohan Malhotra as governor of Kashmir, perplexed by the increasing intensity of the liberation struggle. The infamous ex-RAW general began by slaughtering defenseless demonstrators in a series of mass killings, throwing gasoline to the flames. On March 1, an estimated one million people marched through Srinagar’s streets, holding placards calling for the UN to act. Protesters were targeted with bullets. This unprecedentedly big protest emphasized the Kashmir struggle’s indigenous roots, as it was a people-led movement rather than one sponsored by outside forces.
However, this does not rule out the possibility that events in Afghanistan had an impact on Kashmir. Dissidence had begun in several bordering states of the then USSR in both East Europe and Central Asia long before the end of the Russo-Afghan War, if one considers the fact that dissidence had begun in several bordering states of the then USSR in both East Europe and Central Asia long before the end of the Russo-Afghan War. And the thought of a superpower being defeated by a ragtag band of untrained, unarmed mujahideen was empowering enough to spark a desire for freedom in all of these countries — and Kashmir could have been one of them.
If the intellectual exchange is recognized as a genuine force in international politics, then the defeat of another superpower at the hands of the same ragtag Afghans will almost certainly reignite the simmering ambers in the hearts of Kashmir’s liberation fighters.
India’s display of incapability and ineptitude in Ladakh is another idea-generating blunder. The Kashmiris are witnessing an India that dared to suspend Articles 370 and 35A in August 2019, as well as a China that entered Ladakh in May 2020 and remains there, to the point where the Indian government has begun to hint at restoring statehood to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha in September 2020 that China had taken nearly 38,000 square kilometers of Ladakh, accounting for more than half of the region. And, even though China has retreated from Pangong Tso, there is no indication that it will return to Hot Springs, Gogra Post, or the Depsang plains, according to recent sources. So, how will Kashmiris react to the humiliating defeat of the US and other advanced NATO armies at the hands of the Taliban, followed by India’s withdrawal from the same front?
For two decades, India had been following the Americans, expecting that the occupiers would triumph and that India would make a big leap across Pakistan into Afghanistan. India pretended to be on the verge of engulfing both Pakistan and Kashmir in its great quest. However, it appears that the dominoes are falling in the opposite direction, and India is suddenly concerned about mujahideen redeployment in Kashmir!
Suddenly, it appears that India would be pinched in Kashmir, with China on one side and resurgent Kashmiri independence fighters on the other. India will revert to blaming Pakistan and Afghanistan once more. The question is whether the Taliban, the new rulers of the Islamic Emirates, will take a deep breath and focus on reconstructing their war-torn country after two decades of sacrifices and bloodshed, or will they rush to fight another people’s conflict in another country. Is this considered natural human behavior? Definitely not! If, on another hand, the Taliban has been depicted as a terrorist organization made up of mercenaries whose favorite pleasure is killing and torturing, you would be tempted to believe that the “bloodthirsty” Taliban would not hesitate to plunder and devour fresh territory. However, knowing that the Taliban are made up entirely of native Pashtun tribals who have never left their homeland to wage war on another people — unlike those who have ravaged their land for the past 20 years — you may be led to believe that they are more likely to mind their own business!