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Pakistan's Friendship With the Taliban Is Changing

Added 09-13-21 04:34:02am EST - “Expect a recalibration of the relationship by both sides now that the Taliban are in power.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “Pakistan’s Friendship With the Taliban Is Changing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

For years, London convinced itself it was Washington’s close partner. That’s now impossible to believe.

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The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has delivered a strategic victory to Pakistan, establishing a friendly government in Kabul for the first time in nearly 20 years. But Pakistan may soon find that friendship with the Taliban won’t come quite as easily.

That’s in large part because the leverage Islamabad had enjoyed over its long-standing asset—derived from the support it provided to the Taliban over the course of a war that has now come to an end—is at risk of being lost. However, both sides have a strong interest in maintaining a warm relationship and are already moving toward a reset that could enable it to emerge stronger—and provide Pakistan with new sources of leverage.

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