A Sea Change in Pakistan?

A Sea Change in Pakistan?

Breaking Down the Arguments

by Jeffrey Dressler and Reza Jan

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Pakistani forces have seized a number of high-ranking Quetta Shura Taliban (QST) leaders in recent weeks. Pakistan has actively supported the QST in Afghanistan (which it created in 1995) as a proxy force to ensure Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan and defend against Indian encroachment there. The recent arrests have caused a flurry of speculation about possible changes in Pakistani policy. Some analysts argue that these recent arrests signal Pakistan's wholesale abandonment of the Afghan Taliban while others are quick to dismiss these actions as self-serving. Pakistani decision making is rarely so clear, however, especially regarding an issue of such momentous importance. There appears to be a fissure in Pakistan's long-standing support for the QST.

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Jeffrey Dressler is a Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War and author of the recent report "Securing Helmand: Understanding and Responding to the Enemy." Reza Jan is a Researcher at Critical Threats Project of the American Enterprise Institute and recent author of "The FATA Conflict after South Waziristan: Pakistan's War against Militants Continues in Orakzai, Kurram, Bajaur, and North Waziristan."

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