The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan resulting in the Pakistan-backed Taliban taking control of the country has created an extremely dangerous situation in South Asia, a former national security advisor has told lawmakers.
“I think it’s an extremely dangerous situation in South Asia broadly. I do think that it is in China’s interest, right! That the Pakistani government and army go after these jihadist groups less selectively. It’s also in the interest obviously of security and stability across South Asia,” Gen (rtd) H R McMaster told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan.
“One of the greatest dangers I think would be India suffering this kind of cycle of sectarian violence that you see across the greater Middle East. That could be incited by some of these groups like, you know, Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba,” McMaster said.
Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Corker said that the Chinese have created their own vulnerability with the repression of their Muslim population, the Uyghurs in the west.