Talks With The Taliban

Will India Recognise Taliban As Legitimate Govt, Asks Ahmed Shah Massoud’s Nephew

Amitabh P Revi New Delhi 31 March 2019

Over 110,000 Afghans, 45,000 security force personnel since 2014, 2400-plus U.S. military personnel and over 1700 civilian contractors killed in America’s longest war. Is U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad talking with the Taliban comparable to the Vietnam withdrawal? Zubair Massoud is legendary leader Ahmed Shah Massoud’s nephew, ex-President Burhannudin Rabbani’s grandson, a former Afghan National Security Council advisor and a graduate from the India’s National Defence Academy. In this conversation with SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi, he asks whether New Delhi will recognise the Taliban if it comes back in to government in some form. He also questions the Afghan leadership for bringing down the morale of the forces, says the U.S. can’t force a Taliban government on the Afghan people and says India should do more than just project soft power

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