Nezavisimaya Gazeta
April 13, 2022

Europeans plotting to destabilize Central Asia

The European Union’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson has held consultations in Tajikistan. Afghan issues were also discussed during United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi’s recent visit to Dushanbe. Experts believe that the Europeans are analyzing the situation in Central Asia before launching an operation to destabilize the region, Nezavisimaya Gazeta notes.

“Given Tajikistan’s tough position against the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) and refusal to hold constructive talks with the new regime in Kabul, the West seems to view the country as a channel for supporting the so-called anti-Taliban forces so as to create the necessary level of instability in Afghanistan,” St. Petersburg State University Professor Alexander Knyazev noted.

“Instability persists along the southern borders of Central Asian countries. The EU and US allies are interested in creating chaos on the southern borders of Central Asian nations because it is Russia’s zone of responsibility and interests so even slight tensions in northern Afghanistan would distract Russia’s resources currently focused on Europe,” the expert emphasized. According to him, Imran Khan’s removal from the post of Pakistan’s prime minister, marks a new stage in the Chinese-US standoff in Pakistan, which will soon spread into Afghanistan.

“EU officials are testing the waters through Tajikistan before escalating a conflict that would spill over into Russia via Kazakhstan,” political scientist Mars Sariyev noted. “The recent vote of no confidence against the Pakistani prime minister gives free rein to the West. Now, the United States can advance its prearranged plan to destabilize the region. When leaving Afghanistan, Americans left a lot of weapons behind for a reason, which, apart from the Taliban, fell into the hands of groups outlawed in Russia, including the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Ansarullah,” Sariyev stressed.

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Nezavisimaya Gazeta
April 13, 2022

US demand from Pakistan to condemn Russia

The Parliament of Pakistan elected Shahbaz Sharif as head of government. But this does not guarantee that the political and economic crisis in the country will end. The fact is that slightly more than half of the deputies in the lower house voted for the removal of his predecessor, Imran Khan. After that, more than 100 supporters of the former prime minister renounced their mandates in protest. This can increase instability.

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Shahbaz is the younger brother of the compromised former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The Financial Times writes that in this way the country returns to dynastic rule, when the Sharif and Bhutto clans were in power. Nawaz Sharif is the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League. He served as prime minister three times, but was removed from power by the Supreme Court in 2017 because he did not explain the origin of his fortune.

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The prospect of strengthening cooperation between Moscow and Islamabad does not suit the United States, which, against the backdrop of events in Ukraine, wants to achieve diplomatic isolation of the Russian Federation. Characteristic in this regard are the results of the meeting in the “2+2” format between the heads of the foreign policy and defense departments of the United States and India….

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