2021: When Taliban conquered Afghanistan and ISKP decided to stay at logger-heads 

New Delhi, Dec 11: On August 15 this year, the Taliban took over Afghanistan in a breeze with the US troops pulling out. Fear loomed large with fears of the earlier Taliban’s ruthless regime bringing back fresh memories. 

The government formation in Afghanistan took a while with the Taliban and Haqqani Network sparring. 

It was the ISI chief of Pakistan who finally brokered peace and set up the government. He also gave a clear indication of the meddling by Pakistan in the nation. 

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Key India led regional summit on Afghanistan gets underway

New Delhi, Nov 10: The Afghanistan conference being hosted by Indian National Security Council Secretariat headed by National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval is underway.

India has invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. China and Pakistan have however said that they will not be attending the meet. China had cited re-scheduling issues, while Pakistan had referred to India as a spoiler.

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Why Islamic State could spoil the Chinese party in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Oct 23: The Islamic State has been looking to make Afghanistan its stronghold. It even launched the Islamic State Khorasan Province and has so far shown that it can be very lethal.

While it has carried out a series of attacks in the past years, since the Taliban took over it carried out three strikes which are deadly in nature. This month alone saw two high profile attacks against the Shiite Muslims who had gathered for Friday prayers in the cities of Kunduz and Kandahar. Prior to this the ISKP had carried out a lethal suicide attack at the Kabul airport just days after the US withdrew in August.

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India expressed readiness to provide humanitarian aid to Afghans says Taliban

New Delhi, Oct 21: The Indian representatives who came face to face with a delegation of the Taliban in Moscow were told that New Delhi had provided humanitarian aid to Afghans.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Pakistan-Afghanist-Iran Division) J P Singh while the Taliban team was led by Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi. The two sides met on the sidelines of the Moscow Format meet on Afghanistan which was convened by Russia.

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India accepts Russia’s invite for Afghan talks: Taliban leadership to be present

New Delhi, Oct 15: India has accepted an invitation from Russia to join the Afghanistan talks to be held in Moscow next week.

This would bring India face-to-face with the Taliban leadership who have also been invited for the talks.

The Taliban had recently taken over Afghanistan following the withdrawal by the US troops.

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Terror in the Valley and the Kabul connect

New Delhi, Oct 13: The recent killings of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir has created panic among the residents. There are multiple agencies now on the ground tracking down these faceless terrorists who have unleashed a reign of terror in the Valley.

When the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there were questions asked as to what impact it would have in Jammu and Kashmir. While it was clear that the Taliban was not going to send its men down to fight in J&K, it was the moral aspect to the victory of the outfit which became the problem.

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Mundra Port drug seizure: NIA probing Afghan angle

New Delhi, Oct 12: After taking over the drug seizure case from the Mundra Port in Gujarat, the National Investigation has raided several locations. The NIA is probing an Afghan angle to this case as the drugs originated from that country which was in August taken over by the Taliban.

The case relates to seizure of 2988.21 Kgs of Narcotics substance (Heroin) seized at Mundra Port, Gujarat disguised as consignment of ‘Semi-processed Talc stones’ originating from Afghanistan which had arrived from Bandar Abbas Port, Iran.

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J&K: Terrorists on killing spree, want people to lose faith in Indian system

New Delhi, Oct 08: The targeted killing of non-local civilians in Jammu and Kashmir has spread a wave of terror and fear among the people. While the need of the hour is quick action to neutralise these terrorists, security experts that there is a pattern to the killings.

The abrogation of Article 370 was meant to make Jammu and Kashmir inclusive. However with this new wave of killings, it appears as though the terrorists want the people of the Valley to lose faith in the Indian system.

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A change of guard in the ISI and what it would mean

L to R: Lt Gen. Nadeem Anjum, Lt General Faiz Hameed

New Delhi, Oct 06: Pakistan’s ISI chief, Lt. General Faiz Hameed is likely to be replaced by Lt. General Nadeem Anjum. An official notification is likely to issued after October 10.

The move comes at a time when Pakistan is busy with the Afghanistan. It was Lt. Gen Hameed who had played a crucial role in the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan led by the Taliban. He was also at the forefront of the negotiations when there was a falling out between some members of the Taliban and Haqqani Network.

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Why US engaging with Pakistan on Afghanistan is a cause of worry for India

New Delhi, Oct 04: India has been keeping a close watch on the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over. At an event in Washington, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar pointed out that there were tactical compromises the US may be making in Afghanistan and Pakistan via the Taliban.

With the Afghanistan situation remaining very fragile, there is a good chance that the US may re-engage with Pakistan. It is a well known fact that Pakistan has meddled immensely in Afghanistan.

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