The latest in a line of leaders visiting New Delhi from Afghanistan is General Ata Mohammad Noor, CEO of Jamiat Party, a strong and prominent Afghan leader. He will be meeting senior Indian leaders to discuss the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan.
Let’s put things in perspective:
This is the third visit from a leader of Afghanistan’s erstwhile Northern Alliance that fought the Taliban. It was a military front that was formed in late 1996 by assassinated leaders President Burhanuddin Rabbani and former Defense Minister Ahmad Shah Massoud after the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) took over Kabul.
The other two important leaders included former Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, current Chief of the High Council for National Reconciliation in Afghanistan — both travelled to India recently.
All this is happening because India wants to be prepared for what could be at stake if things go downhill with the Taliban. If and when the Taliban is mainstreamed then these are the leaders who India might look at for building resistance to forces inimical to Indo-Afghan ties.