Where Are The Afghan Taliban?:
The US administration is not mentioning unnamed “sanctuaries” but cities that have been consistently linked with the Afghan Taliban presence, even by commentators at home. Although General Nicolson admitted that the matter was being addressed “in private” by the governments of US and Pakistan, this aggressive posturing does not help Pakistan’s case. It also does not fit in with the policy of an eventual political solution with the Taliban either. Pakistan has utilised it’s limited leeway with the Afghan Taliban to try to broker a peace deal between the militants and the Afghan government in the past, and it seems its role as an interlocutor is coming back to haunt it in the present. Despite suffering losses at the hands of the Afghan Taliban it tried to corral towards a peace deal, Pakistan is being accused of harbouring them. The accusation is very specific and very embarrassing.