“Taliban claims it controls areas in 16 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces….Taliban

controls, contest, or influence 171 districts.”

–Bill Roggio-Business Insider

If the history of Afghanistan and the Afghan Civil War is analysed, it would appear that Taliban was a religious fanatic group who hijacked the momentum of civil war by capturing Kabul, and publicly hanging and mutilating the body of Muhammad Najibullah, President of Afghanistan. Afghan people have never supported the religious fanatics. All the militants based in Afghanistan lack a political base. Afghans are weary of the proxy wars of the superpowers, and then the regional players. None of the regime in Afghanistan except the governments after the 9/11 has been allotted sufficient time to settle the issues with the stakeholders and the local conflict drivers. If the government of Najibullah or the government of Taliban after the end of Afghan Civil War had been allowed to work properly, the economy of clientelism and a chaotic environment where the warlords capitalise would not have emerged.

Presently, it in the best interest of the regional players, and the great powers to facilitate the stakeholders and the local drivers to negotiate peacefully. However, in this process, the Afghans should be allowed to settle their feud themselves rather than taking dictations from foreign powers.