Taliban victory encourages jihadist terrorists in Pakistan and China’s Xinjiang
In this July 14, 2021, photo, supporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban's signature white flags and march in the area of Afghan-Pakistan border, in Chaman, Pakistan. Communist Party leaders in Pakistan say the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan will embolden fundamentalists throughout the region. | Tariq Achakzai / AP

Communist Party of Pakistan general secretary Imdad Qazi warned Wednesday of the serious consequences of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, which he said would boost jihadist groups across the region.

“This victory of the Taliban will give courage to their followers in Pakistan,” he said, calling for the country to develop “a serious defense strategy.” Qazi said, “At the same time, the democratic and progressive forces must reorganize their strategies in view of this situation.”

Groups including ISIS and the East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), which operates in China, will gain confidence following events in Afghanistan, he said. Qazi accused the United States of bringing the Taliban back to power as part of “the great game of imperialism,” in a move he said was backed by Pakistan.

Earlier this week, Beijing accused the U.S. of double standards regarding its commitment to fighting global terrorism, urging it to reconsider its position on al-Qaida ally ETIM. This year, the Trump administration removed the group from its list of proscribed organizations in what was described as cynical political maneuvering as part of the U.S.’s cold war against China.

The jihadist group is responsible for a wave of terror attacks in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, has sent units to fight alongside al-Qaida in Syria.

For China’s part, Beijing has called on the Taliban not to allow Afghan soil to be used as a base to target Xinjiang. In a meeting earlier this month, Taliban spokesman Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar promised to prevent ETIM from operating inside the country.

Taliban forces swept to power in Afghanistan in a matter of days, with Western-trained government soldiers offering little resistance.

President Joe Biden has faced an angry backlash as he continues to insist that he took the right course of action in the U.S.’s sudden withdrawal, despite the unfolding chaos.

But the U.S. military has been accused of a blatant disregard for human life, summed up most poignantly by images of the airlifting of dogs that had served in the country—while leaving their Afghan handlers at the mercy of the Taliban.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday that the U.S. leaves chaos and turbulence wherever it goes.

“[Joe Biden] says that U.S. mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been about nation-building, and it’s true,” she said. “The role of the U.S. lies in destruction, not construction.”

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Steve Sweeney
Steve Sweeney

Steve Sweeney writes for the Morning Star, the socialist daily newspaper published in Great Britain. He is also a People's Assembly National Committee member, patron of the Peace in Kurdistan campaign, and a proud trade unionist.

     

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