Taliban captures major border crossing with Pakistan, former US President George W Bush expresses concern over NATO pulling out troops


Taliban flag hoisted in Chaman-Wesh Friendship gate — Twitter

Onlooker desk: One of the main border crossings with Pakistan is reported to have been captured by The Taliban. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid released a statement on Wednesday. It has been informed there that an ‘important border town called Wesh’ has been captured.
Interestingly, former US President George W Bush has criticized NATO for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday only. According to Bush, this has left civilians to be ‘slaughtered’ in the hands of The Taliban. It was Bush, who sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001. After attacks on New York’s World Trade Center.
In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle Bush has expressed his concern. ‘Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm. This is a mistake… They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart,’ told the former US President.
US troops have been pulled out of Afghanistan after two decades. America has announced complete withdrawal of military from the war-torn country by August. Since then Taliban has started regaining its power over major areas of Afghanistan. They claim to regain power over 85% of the country.
Control of the border crossing between Pakistan’s Chaman and Afghanistan’s Wesh could be the most strategic target they have captured so far. This is not only the second busiest entry point, but one of the main links with Pakistani ports.
The Taliban flag has been seen hoisted atop the ‘Friendship Gate’. One Pakistani officer has reportedly confirmed this to a news agency. Wesh is of particular importance because of its crucial role in Afghan trade. Not only with Pakistan, this town is important with respect to trade with other countries as well.
Taliban regaining power has serious impact on the regional security. Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has stressed on peace process in the region. During a meeting in Dushanbe on Wednesday he presented a three-point roadmap for an end state in Afghanistan. This includes cessation of violence and terrorist attacks against civilians and state representatives.
Taliban has already seized major border crossings in Herat, Farah and Kunduz provinces. Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh has taken to twitter to expose the Taliban’s extreme ways. He said that the group is forcing members of a small ethnic minority to convert to Islam. The minorities are even being forced to leave their homes in the northern province of Badakhshan, if they do not adhere.

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