Kolkata: The Taliban insurgency is almost over in strife-torn Afghanistan and it seems plans to counterattack are not in the scheme of things of the major world powers. The exigent plan to evacuate their citizens is foremost in the minds of a majority of nations and quite justifiably.
Perhaps this is the reason why the USA, United Kingdom, India and some other countries not in allegiance to the Talibani modus operandi, are preferring a wait and watch policy. One can’t be critical at this precarious juncture as any aggression could antagonise the unpredictable hardliners which seem determined to hammer out a set-up at the earliest (could be after the complete US pull out). UK PM Boris Johnson advocates talks with Taliban if necessary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking indirect swipes at the Taliban advent and countries like China, Pakistan and some in the Middle East are more or less decided on recognising the Taliban regime.
Some are of the view that they are a polished lot and are determined to win the confidence of the rest of the world, but news of alleged abduction of Indians, killing of nine from Hazara minorities in Ghazni and the desperation of the common Afghans to flee only contradict the moderate image the Taliban are trying to portray.
Meanwhile, the Taliban and negotiators like former President Hamid Karzai and ex-Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah are on a war footing to chalk out plans to form a Council which will run the show. Meanwhile, the arrival of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, co-founder of Taliban in Kabul has expedited the pace of government formation.
But are we in a position to buy their words? The Taliban leaders may claim they are accountable, but despotism never allows such flexibility. The brutality is innate in them and it could be improbable to fall into the trap of their magnanimity which can be deceptive.
There will be no democracy, the Taliban say. Now that is frightening enough!