The Taliban thinks it is on a public relations offensive trying to convince the international community that its ways of behavior has changed and that Afghanistan is in for a new makeover. But for a few naive outside of that hapless country not many are convinced if only to go by the apprehension of the general population and in periodic reports of the continued brutalities unleashed on political opponents. For a country like India while it is critical that we come to terms with the realities on the ground in Kabul, New Delhi cannot simply sign on to a blanket recognition without firm guarantees on securing its national interests.
And heading this list is a firm message from the Taliban that Afghanistan will not be used by Pakistan to push terrorists into India. Islamabad is undoubtedly elated at the turn of events knowing full well that but for its sleight of hand, the Taliban cannot be where it is today. Of the few things that the former Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, was correct about was on his insistence that on the last days Islamabad facilitated the entry of thousands of Taliban fighters across the border.