Challenged by Islamabad and New Delhi, the Muslim majority in Kashmir is a region of powder keg that is prone to religious violence. There are independence movements, anti-India demonstrators and armed extremist groups. There were also brutal attacks by Indian soldiers against suspected fighters instead. Add to the mix the ideological support of a revived Taliban, and the results could provoke another uprising in the Himalayan valley.
It is similar in Pakistan, which has long been criticized for its lax anti-terror policy. The border between Afghanistan and the South Asian state is a hotbed of extremist factions, and it is widely believed that the Pakistani army helped the Taliban. Earlier this year, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called Pakistan "the center of the Taliban."
It's unbelievable that the Taliban are joining forces with Pakistani fighters to create safe havens for terrorists targeting India, the US, and others, Nitin Pai, director of the Takshashila Institution, a Bangalore-based think tank. warned Tuesday in a press conference for The Print.
The Afghan Taliban have gained strength in recent years through bold terrorist attacks in Kabul and a sophisticated financial network. The withdrawal of US troops is becoming increasingly worrying.