New Delhi: Former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, Husain Haqqani, says Taliban will gain the upper hand if the US withdraws troops from Afghanistan without a peace deal.
Haqqani, who is a senior fellow and director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute, said at The Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi that Taliban should know the people of Afghanistan are not in favor of the return of an Islamic emirate. and the people will fight against the group to safeguard current achievements.
“If there is an exit without a deal, it will put the Taliban on the mat because the Taliban will then have to show they are the great fighting force they claim to be,” he said.
He said the reason the Taliban has “succeeded” is that their safe havens outside the country are not targeted by US forces. Instead the militants are only targeted on Afghan soil.
“I think the reason they have succeeded is because the Americans made a fundamental decision that they will only fight Al-Qaeda, then they will fight the Taliban, but only on Afghan soil, and since they did not pursue the Taliban to their safe havens, they have actually fought from a very comfortable position,” he further mentioned.