Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP
Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP
Afghanistan

Explainer |
With the Taliban’s ascendancy in Afghanistan, does Pakistan stand to gain or lose?

  • Islamabad has long had a paradoxical role in Afghanistan – accused of providing covert support to the Taliban, while playing a major supporting role in the US war on terror
  • Experts say it is likely Pakistan will recognise a Taliban regime, though the expectations of Washington and Beijing will shape its decision

Topic |   Afghanistan
Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP
Taliban fighters patrol in Kandahar, southwest Afghanistan. Photo: AP
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