It is widely believed by the international community and global powers that the swift and shockingly fast takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan has been possible due to the support of Pakistan, which is said to have been a major beneficiary of gains as a result.

However, the reality on ground in Afghanistan seems to be entirely different as many Taliban fighters see Pakistan as their next target of attack. The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has been formed on the basis Islamic values and teachings, which has been the prime demand of the group even during their two-year-long negotiations with the US, which led to the 2020 Doha Agreement.

While the Taliban leadership strives to claim their success story in Afghanistan, many fighters believe that the takeover of Afghanistan and imposition of the Islamic Shariah law is not the end to their struggle, but is the beginning of the spread of their jihad in the rest of the world.

Speaking to many Taliban fighters deputed and positioned as security personnel in different parts of Kabul, it was witnessed that the next country for jihad and imposition of Islamic rule of law, in the eye and views of the Taliban fighters, is Pakistan.

Taliban fighters believe that the current government set-up in Pakistan is un-Islamic and vow to lay their lives for its ouster and impose Shariah law, through suicide terror attacks and other means.

“Alhamdullilah we have brought the Islamic Shariah law in Afghanistan. Now, we will do the same in Pakistan. We will attack Pakistan and impose Islamic Shariah law in that country also soon Insha Allah,” said one of the Taliban fighters.

“The current setup in Pakistan is un-Islamic and is wrong. We will wage jihad on Pakistan and spread our Islamic laws, applied in Afghanistan, into Pakistan soon,” another Taliban fighter stated.

During the conversation, the Taliban fighters lashed out at the Pakistan government for providing bases to US forces and allowing them to be used to kill them through drone strikes. The fighters also slammed Pakistan for providing logistics and routes for NATO supplies to Afghanistan.

Exactly 31 days after Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the then Director General ISI’s visit to Kabul and subsequent meeting with Taliban raised eyebrows, Pakistan has posted him as Corps Commander Peshawar. Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum is now the new ISI Chief.

Reports suggest this posting will be for his likely elevation to the post of Chief of Army Staff after Bajwa. Going to Peshawar is seen as continuity in his critical role in handling Afghanistan.