US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was asked whether Taliban was the enemy, the Joe Biden stated that it was hard to put on a label on it, partly because we are yet to see what they will be now that they are in complete control of Afghanistan.
The democratic world is dealing with a peculiar situation in Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan where ruling Taliban is neither a UN nor US designated terrorist entity but more than 120 of its top leaders are listed as global terrorists under the 1267 UNSC committee including projected president of the Emirates, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
The al Qaeda, Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, all global terror entities under UN 1267 committee and US State Department, have sworn allegiance to the Taliban and its supreme leader Mullah Hibatullah Akundzada.
The democratic world is playing with semantics when it is engaging Taliban without breaking its policy of not negotiating with terrorists and terror organizations.
In fact, countries like China and United Kingdom have sought support of mentor Pakistan to engage the Taliban by throwing the moral principles books.
Differences among the Taliban holding the announcement of the new Afghan government, the Pakistani super spy Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, DG, ISI, reached Kabul today. It was Rawalpindi, which had facilitated the meeting of Mullah Baradar and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in China last July.
The Al Qaeda statement on August 31 talked about liberating so called Islamic lands all over the world including Palestine, Maghreb, Syria, and Kashmir but did not utter a word about the Xinjiang Uighurs. the theory that Taliban 2.0 would turn against China due to brutal repression in Xinjiang is still born.
It is quite evident that China will extend its Belt Road Initiative to Afghanistan and exploit its Lithium and Copper resources in return for infrastructure development by liking it to CPEC. This will allow China to not only evacuate Afghan minerals from Gwadar port in Balochistan but also through the Karakoram Highway.
The same Pakistan card is being played by the British, who brokered a peace deal with US in favor of the Taliban boys, as described by UK Chief of Defence Staff Gen Nick Carter.