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by Kingsley Nzeadibe

The Panj River, which runs parallel to Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, separates the two nations in numerous locations.

There have been no walls or barriers between Tajikistan and northern Afghanistan, and when reporters peered across last week from the Tajikistan side, Taliban fighters smiled and waved.

 

But Taliban have taken control of the Afghan side of the border, which they couldn’t do even 20 years ago when they governed the country. Their white flags are already fluttering in the towns that along the river as it passes between two massive mountain walls.

 

The Pamir Mountains are a new subduction zone in a new reality, and the boundary that runs through them is a new fault line. It’s a place that raises concerns among Afghanistan’s neighbors, notably regional countries like as Russia and China, about the implications of a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

There really are fears that the situation in The country will extend to neighboring countries. Terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda have established bases in northern Afghanistan, and Tajikistan is now a significant drug transit point. And, as a terrible humanitarian crisis erupts in Afghanistan, a possible refugee exodus looms.

The refugee flow has been halted due to the closed border. As according Afghans who have attempted to cross the border, the Taliban are also blocking them.

Foreigners must obtain special clearance and pass through three checkpoints in order to enter. Beyond that, the only apparent security force was a three-man patrol of teenage military every now and then. So, what does this mean for Tajikistan?

The border, which stretches for roughly 850 miles, is now closed. As the Taliban surged across the border this summer, groups of Afghans, largely government soldiers, began to flee. The government of Tajikistan retaliated by sending 20,000 troops to the region.
Locals claim that since the Taliban gained control, the sound of gunfire on the other side has stopped. They claimed that life had remained virtually unchanged, with the exception that Tajik security agency agents now resided in several communities. The river’s three nearby bridges have all been shut down.

Since the Taliban’s takeover, Tajikistan has been the only one of Afghanistan’s neighbors to openly oppose them. Tajiks make up about half of Afghanistan’s population, and Tajikistan’s government backed anti-Taliban opposition in the 1990s. Tajikistan has once again become a haven for rebel leaders.

 

Ahmad Massoud, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan’s leader and son of famed mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, is in Tajikistan, according to his spokesperson, seeking international backing.

 

However, unlike the last time, the resistance in Afghanistan has essentially no holdouts, and Tajikistan’s government has showed little interest in helping beyond providing sanctuary.

Tajikistan declared it could take approximately 100,000 Afghan refugees when Kabul fell, but it is now closed to new arrivals. Several thousand Afghans arrived, including 160 Afghan Air Force pilots who were trained in the United States and are currently detained awaiting evacuation.
Those that made it to Tajikistan are now fighting to find job and sustain oneself in one of the poorer countries on the planet. Tamim Talash, a former electoral commission officer in Afghanistan, is now trapped there with his wife and four-month-old kid.

“We’ve got a lot of issues,” Talash admitted. “I’m out of work right now.”

Talash, who claims the Taliban tried to kill him twice, has sought for asylum in the United States but has received no response.”I don’t know how to locate anyone or any group that can assist us,” he said.

The turmoil in Afghanistan has bolstered Russia’s position in the area, where it has a stronghold on former Soviet possessions. Fearful of possible terrorists in such countries, Russia has taken steps to strengthen them.

Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, already houses Russia’s 201st Military Base, the country’s largest outside of Russia.

Russia has been sending military equipment and money to Tajikistan since the summer to build new border posts and re-equip military units. Large cooperative military exercises have been held between the two countries. Russia invited media to see the culmination of planned exercises organized by the Security And Co – operation Organization, a military alliance of former Soviet states, in October. At a firing range about 15 miles from Afghanistan, Russian troops joined troops from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and other countries. Around 2,000 troops took part in the show, which represented a reaction to an alleged attempt by an Islamist group to declare Tajikistan an Islamic state.

Moscow, on the other hand, is forming a working partnership with the Taliban. It hosted the Taliban in Moscow last month for discussions with regional governments, which were headed by Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister.The river Panj separates Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Russia has urged the Taliban for public assurances that it will neither destabilise Central Asian countries like Tajikistan or allow Afghanistan to be used as a launching pad for international terrorism once more, and it has received them.

During the Moscow meetings, Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, told journalists through a translator, “Just as we desire constructive connections with others, we also seek positive relations.” “We are committed to our pledges that Afghan land would not be used to jeopardize the security of other countries.”

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