30 July, 2021

Few Options For Pakistan

Pakistan has tried to cobble and prop up governments in Kabul four times since 1988, but has failed always.

Few Options For Pakistan
Following reports that the US was tilting towards the Northern Alliance and flirting with Zahir Shah, the ex-King of Afghanistan who lives in Rome, Pakistan's foreign minister Abdul Sattar recently warned foreign nations not to plot the installation of a puppet regime in Kabul. "Those who tried in the past had to pay a heavy price for such blunders," he explained, "because the Afghans are fiercely protective of their independence and have never acquiesced to any proxy government in the past."

Sattar should know what he is talking about. Since the Soviets were kicked out of Afghanistan in 1988, Pakistan has tried to cobble and prop up four governments in Kabul, failing each time. The first one was in 1989 when a shura government-in-exile, under Pashtun leader Abdul Rasul Sayaf, was assembled in Peshawar to try and oust the regime of President Najibullah. The second was in 1992 when Najibullah agreed to step down and Pashtun leader Sibghatullah Mujadidi was installed as president of Aghanistan. The third followed nine months later when Burhanuddin Rabbani, a Tajik, was crowned...

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