KABUL: Ashraf Ghani, Afghan president, visited Balkh, the northern province of Afghanistan where the Taliban has recently taken control of most districts.
The trip was aimed to assess the security situation and meet the residents.
“The Taliban’s backbone will be broken,” and the national security forces will reclaim the areas that had fallen to the insurgency group, assured the president while speaking to the Balkh residents.
This is amidst rapidly escalating violent confrontations between the Taliban and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), leading to mass-public distress.
In the meantime, the Afghan Ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, recently insinuated that the government might seek Indian assistance in case the negotiations with the militant group fail.
“Should we not get to a stage in the peace process with the Taliban, then maybe a time [will come] where we would be seeking India’s military assistance, more military assistance in the years ahead,” he said.
However, Mr. Mamundzay was quick to clarify that the assistance would not involve deporting troops but rather be training and technical support focused.
“We are not seeking India’s assistance with sending troops to Afghanistan. Their footprint in Afghanistan to fight our war would not be needed at this stage,” he stated.
This is amid the US having completed more than 90 percent of its troops’ withdrawal with the Taliban advancing all across Afghanistan and lackluster progress in the peace negotiations.