Should India be worried as Taliban occupies Panjshir Valley with help from Pakistan?

Humanity is dying a slow death in Afghanistan as the Panjshir resistance could have fallen. Located in the northern side of Kabul, Panjshir was home to leaders like Amrullah Saleh (first VP and caretaker president) and Ahmad Massoud (son of a former Mujahideen commander and the leader of National Resistance Front).

Unfortunately, Taliban’s grip over the surrounding areas weakened this resistance and a Taliban flag was flown over Panjshir at the Governor House. Earlier, Ahmad Massoud sought help from Western countries and called them their only hope. “If Taliban warlords launch an assault, they will of course face staunch resistance from us. The flag of the National Resistance Front will fly over every position that they attempt to take, as the National United Front flag flew 20 years ago. Yet we know that our military forces and logistics will not be sufficient. They will be rapidly depleted unless our friends in the West can find a way to supply us without delay,” he wrote in a stirring article for The Washington Post.


Even after Taliban announced victory in Panjshir, Massoud denied it and said that he will keep fighting. In a recent tweet, National Resistance Front wrote, “The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue until justice and freedom prevails.”


Pakistan and Taliban have started working in tandem


The flag wasn’t the only surprising thing on display. Pakistan’s ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed was seen in Kabul to hold talks with Taliban leaders. It’s clear that Pakistan is working hand in glove with Taliban and that may not be good news for the rest of the world (including India). Right now, most countries don’t want to get on the wrong side of Taliban because they could be afraid of terrorist attacks.


Tajikistan did try to support the fight against by air dropping weapons in Panjshir. Now though, even that supply chain is cut and the army in Panjshir were left without ammunition. Unlike in the past, Taliban are a much more potent force. They have access to sophisticated weapons, armoured vehicles and rocket launchers. A lot of it belongs to the Afghanistan army and the US army. When Taliban took over, they seized several weapons and other military hardware. Taliban fighters have also evolved. They are trained in combat and are much more than a band of militants with guns.


Is India prepared for conflict?


India should be prepared for any kind of conflict either from Pakistan or Taliban. They’ve invested heavily in strengthening their defence and a nuclear missile tracking ship called Dhruv will be launched on September 10. It’s a 10,000 tonne ship which has been built by Hindustan Shipyard in collaboration with National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). In the whole world, only UK, US, France, Russia and China have a similar kind of ship.


It can occupy 300 crew members and with its help, the Indian Navy can find out which country is trying to keep an eye on us. It’ll also help us track (and give an early warning) ballistic missiles launched towards India. Both Pakistan and China have ballistic nuclear missiles with them and it was critical for India to own a ship like this. According to the government, the cost of this ship is Rs. 725 crore. A lot of secrecy is maintained about its other features for defence reasons.


It’s heartbreaking to see some of the visuals from Afghanistan right now. Near the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, several Afghanis are protesting against their neighbouring country for providing aid to Taliban. They came up with slogans like ‘we don’t want a Pakistani puppet government’ and ‘Pakistan, leave Afghanistan’. We feel that it’s time that all the superpowers in the world came together and rescue the innocent Afghanis made to withstand a reality that is worse than any nightmare.


Fighting Taliban won’t just be a fight for democracy, it’ll be a fight for innocent women and children, it’ll be a fight for human rights and it’ll be a fight to show that we can’t let terrorism win.


References:


1. Taliban vs Panjshir - 5 major reasons behind the fall of Panjshir Resistance (Study IQ)

2. Afghanistan, Panjshir & beyond, sideshows & the big game as Pak ISI chief lands in Kabul (ThePrint)

3. Afghan nationals protest outside Pakistan Embassy in Kabul (ThePrint)

4. Gravitas: The fall of Panjshir has Pakistan written all over it (WION)