Roundtable Discussion on ‘Stalemate in Pakistan-Afghan Taliban Ties – Identifying Causes, Finding Solutions’

Date: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2023

Time: 17.00 hrs PST

Overview:

The once cordial relationship between Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban has taken a stark downturn. Initially, Pakistan’s support for the Taliban’s 2021 takeover of Afghanistan was driven by hopes of resolving border disputes and collaborating against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other terrorist groups that had taken refuge on Afghan soil. These expectations, however, quickly transformed into disappointment, with Pakistan alleging Taliban support for the TTP. Reacting firmly to this situation, Pakistan implemented severe measures, including the expulsion of Afghan refugees and restricting transit trade. This has elicited strong condemnation from the Taliban, leading to a tense and complicated deadlock steeped in security concerns and political disagreements. This discussion aims to scrutinize the current dynamics of Pakistan-Taliban relations, understand their broader implications, and propose avenues for reconciliation and progress.

Speakers:

  1. Dr. Hassan Abbas

Distinguished Professor The NESA Center at National Defense University, Washington, DC.

2. Amb Asif Durrani

Pakistan’s Special Representative on Afghanistan

 

Moderator:

Syed Baqir Sajjad

Journalist.

The discussion would also be webcast on Youtube and the Website.

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