US, NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan will raise tremendous concerns for India: Experts

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After the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan by September 11, India volition person a tremendous interest astir the resurgence of the Taliban and the war-torn state being utilized arsenic a harmless haven for terrorists, according to experts here.

US President Joe Biden connected Wednesday announced that all American troops would beryllium withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11 this twelvemonth to extremity the country's longest war. Following suit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) said it volition besides propulsion retired its troops from Afghanistan.

Joe Biden said his medication volition inquire different countries successful the portion to bash much to enactment Afghanistan, particularly Pakistan, arsenic good arsenic Russia, China, India, and Turkey. "They each person a important involvement successful the unchangeable aboriginal for Afghanistan," Joe Biden said.

"We volition not behaviour a hasty unreserved to the exit. We'll bash it responsibly, deliberately, and safely. And we volition bash it successful afloat coordination with our allies and partners, who present person much forces successful Afghanistan than we do," helium said.

But, US experts said determination countries, particularly India volition presumption the implicit withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan with tremendous interest and the relation of the Taliban militants aft the propulsion retired of the Western forces from the war-torn country.

"Regional countries, particularly India, volition person tremendous concerns astir the US pullout from Afghanistan and the likelihood of a Taliban resurgence successful the country,” Lisa Curtis, who was Deputy Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for South and Central Asia from 2017-2021 nether the erstwhile Donald Trump administration, told PTI.

"When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan successful the precocious 1990s, they welcomed militants and terrorists of each stripes to train, recruit, and fundraise from Afghanistan. Many of those militants, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), trained for operations successful India, specified arsenic the 2001 onslaught connected the Indian Parliament,” Curtis said.

An eminent overseas argumentation and nationalist information adept with implicit 20 years of work successful the US government, Curtis present is simply a elder chap and manager of the Indo-Pacific Security Program astatine the Center for a New American Security think-tank.

"Indian officials besides retrieve the adjacent practice betwixt the Taliban and militants who successful December 1999 hijacked an Indian airliner. India whitethorn question to usage its relation successful determination efforts to bring bid and stableness to Afghanistan, similar the caller UN effort, to property its extremity of ensuring Afghan territory cannot beryllium utilized by anti-India militants,” Curtis said.

"India volition interest astir Taliban controlled territory being a harmless haven for terrorists again," erstwhile Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, who is present Director for South and Central Asia astatine the Hudson Institute think-tank, told PTI.

The existent question present is whether aft withdrawing its troops, the US volition proceed to assistance the authorities in Kabul and volition the Afghan radical beryllium capable to support the Taliban astatine bay, Husain Haqqani said.

"India and Pakistan bash not person the luxury of region that the US has and volition stay progressive successful Afghanistan. Pakistan is excessively profoundly tied to the Taliban to halt supporting them present though it should beryllium acrophobic astir the adverse interaction Taliban ideology would further person connected Pakistan,” Husain Haqqani said successful effect to a question.

India has voiced sedate interest implicit the volatile concern successful Afghanistan. "Violence and bloodshed are regular realities and the struggle itself has shown small motion of abatement, immoderate whitethorn beryllium the promises," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said astatine the Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process connected Afghanistan successful Dushanbe connected March 30.

"For a durable bid successful Afghanistan, what we request is simply a genuine ‘double peace’, that is, bid wrong Afghanistan and bid astir Afghanistan. It requires harmonising the interests of all, some wrong and astir that country," helium said astatine the league hosted by Tajikistan.

He besides said that India welcomes immoderate determination towards a genuine governmental colony and a broad and imperishable ceasefire successful Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden's determination to upwind down America's longest warfare drew ample disapproval Wednesday from salient subject figures and hawkish Republicans. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, for example, said Biden was canceling "an security policy" that "would forestall different 9/11."

The Washington Post successful a pb editorial asserted that the plans of President Biden to retreat each troops from Afghanistan volition pb to catastrophe successful the region. "Mr Biden has chosen the casual mode retired of Afghanistan, but the consequences are apt to beryllium ugly,” the starring paper commented.

The New York Times said that stopping coercion groups implicit the agelong word could beryllium harder, an sentiment besides echoed by The Wall Street Journal.

"The symbolic but arbitrary day shows the determination is driven little by facts connected the crushed than a governmental tendency that is besides a strategical gamble. History suggests US interests volition suffer,” The Wall Street Journal said successful an editorial.

"The president's exit means helium volition person to instrumentality work for what happens next. We anticipation it doesn’t betray the large sacrifices truthful galore person made,” it said.

The US and the Taliban signed a landmark woody successful Doha connected February 29, 2020 to bring lasting bid successful war-torn Afghanistan and let US troops to instrumentality location from America's longest war.

Since the US-led penetration that ousted the Taliban aft the 9/11 attacks, astir 2,400 US soldiers person been killed.

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