Anti-Pakistan sentiments growing in Taliban ranks
The Pakistani government during the past 14 years had arrested, imprisoned, killed and handed over to the US a number of Taliban leaders.
But still the Afghan Taliban leadership council has been operating from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, where the rebels recently elected Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor as their new supreme leader.
Political analyst, Wahid Muzhda, said in the present and the past, the Taliban understood Pakistan was exploiting their urgencies and had never had a nice view of them due to its old enmity with Afghanistan.
He said Pakistan had killed Taliban’s defence minister Mullah Obaidullah, culture affairs official Ustad Yasir and many commanders, the exact number of them was better known to the Taliban leaders. Several Taliban leaders had been arrested and hanged in Pakistan, he said.
“Anti-Pakistani sentiment in Taliban even existed during their regime, but the hatred has been now on the increase,” he said.
Muzhda said the Taliban living in Pakistan had no option, but to hide their hatred for Pakistan.
The hatred further increased when conflicting views were expressed about Omar’s demise, prompting the Taliban’s Doha political office chief, Syed Tayyib Agha, to resign, the analyst said.
“Hiding Omar’s death for two years has confused a large number of Taliban and has led to severe differences among some leaders,” he said.
He said Tayyib Agha resigned in protest against keeping secret Omar’s death and had called it a historic blunder.
Muzhda said some Taliban leaders thought Omar’s death had been hidden in consultation with Pakistan and as a result, their doubts about Pakistan had further increased.
He said Tayyib Agha had criticised the appointment of Masnoor as Omar’s successor as he believed such appointments that took place abroad had never produced good results.
Mullah Omar’s brother Mullah Abdul Manan had also opposed the election of Mansoor as the new supreme leader.
“When a ceremony to inaugurate Mansoor as the new Taliban leader was in place in Pakistan, some Taliban leaders staged a walkout thinking Pakistan was behind his elevation,” he said.
Another political expert, Qazi Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, recalled Pakistan allowed the United States to carry out attacks into Afghanistan from its soil to overthrow the Taliban’s regime in 2001.
And since then the Taliban had been recalling the moment with anger because Pakistani forces captured and killed many Taliban leaders and handed some over to the US, he said.
Currently, Haqyar, said nearly 50 Taliban leaders were languishing in Pakistani jails. He said Pakistan had ruthlessly betrayed the Taliban, fueling their anger for the country.
He also said some Taliban field commanders believed that their leader Mullah Omar had been killed in Pakistan.
To a question that why Pakistan still allows the Taliban leadership council to operate on its soil, Haqyar said there were leaders in the insurgency who were loyal to Pakistan and worked for its interests.
He alleged Pakistan for its interests had been pursuing a dual-faced policy toward the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.
“There are Taliban leaders who listen to Pakistan and abide by its orders and remain loyal, that’s why they are alive and have support.”
Haqyar said Taliban leaders who attended the first round of formal peace talks with the Afghan government representatives in Murree near Islamabad were Pakistan loyalists.
“The Afghan government should talk to the Taliban through any means possible. It is not shameful if the Afghan government gives some privileges to Taliban, but the shameful act is that when you ask an enemy to help reconcile a disgruntled brother.”
Another political commentator, Nazar Mohammad Mutmain, said a number of Taliban leaders hated Pakistan since their regime. He said Taliban understood Pakistan was taking advantage of their urgencies, which forced them to hide their hatred.
He said Pakistan had arrested, killed and tortured many Taliban leaders and cut deals on their fate.
He said those Taliban leaders who tried to contact the Afghan government for peace talks had been either killed, imprisoned or threatened.
“They (Taliban) know Pakistan’s goals, but they are not allowed to enter Afghanistan and the only place for them to live in is Pakistan.”
“Some Pakistani politicians and religious leaders are cooperating with Taliban and there are both opponents and supporters of the insurgents in the Pakistani military establishment, but I think the number of supporters outnumber the opponents.”
Mutmain believed Pakistan wanted to continue its game in Afghanistan and keep harvesting benefits in form of international aid. For this purpose, he said, Pakistan had divided the Taliban into two groups.
He said Pakistan wanted the one group to reconcile with the Afghan government and the second group to keep pressure on Kabul to accept its demands.
He said Islamabad did not want the Taliban to independently enter peace talks with the Afghan government and thus forcing Doha office chief Syed Tayyib Agha to resign.
He said the Taliban and the Afghan government could not defeat each other militarily and the Afghans needed to embrace an intra-Afghan settlement to the dispute.
He suggested Afghan politicians should try to bring the warring parties to the negotiable table with guarantee from the international community so that Pakistan could no longer exploit the internal Afghan conflict.
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