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Amid power-sharing talks, India backs constitutional continuity in Kabul

Even as the situation remains precarious in Afghanistan with the Taliban making territorial gains, India has backed constitutional continuity in Kabul in case of any power-sharing pact.

Power-sharing is one of the key points of discussion that are going on to resolve the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.

“What we have been saying is that there is a system in place for last more than 20 years, there is a constitution in place. If we replace the existing system and place a new system, the Afghan society may be impacted”, officials said.

Representatives of the Afghan government and Taliban have been holding talks in Doha, also known as intra-Afghan talks. The intra-Afghan talks in Doha have seen little progress as it looks like the Taliban is using it as a delaying tactic and trying to buy time. The Afghan government side has been calling for an early ceasefire while the Taliban is keen on the release of around 7000 prisoners.

India’s backing of constitutional continuity in Kabul comes even as it has been a strong supporter of the Afghan government which it has made clear multiple times. The current Afghan constitution was adopted in January 2004 and provides for an elected president and a National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate as the Taliban aims to capture more territory, especially in rural areas. An uptick was seen as US forces began withdrawing from the country. According to US Central Command, it has completed more than 95 per cent of the entire withdrawal process.

So far increased violence is being seen in Kandahar province and in a new development, the group has focused on north Afghanistan to reduce any resistance.

The Nothern Alliance led by legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud in 1990s led to a massive push back for the Taliban. Many border posts like Islam Qala with Iran, Spin Boldak with Pakistan have fallen into the hands of the Taliban. The group claims to control 85 per cent of the country’s territory, but on the ground, it is estimated that it has control over 45 to 50 per cent.

The next two-three months will be crucial for the country amid contestation. As of July, out of 426 districts in the country, 212 districts are under the Taliban’s control and 111 districts are under government control with the rest witnessing violence.