Nearly everybody wants to talk to the Taliban. Nearly everybody thinks Pakistan is the medium for talks. Nearly everybody feels the US’ entry and exit strategy in Afghanistan was faulty. This change of hearts and politics is recent. These very countries had been saying exactly the opposite for two decades. It was Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s lone voice for decades that predicted the folly of US foreign policy in Afghanistan. A folly that cost 2 trillion dollars, millions of lives and a generation lost. With reluctance, the world has accepted that Pakistan cannot be overruled or ruled by foreign forces. Pakistan has also shifted its focus. Rather than just depending on becoming a political hotspot, they are building their economic centrality.

Geography, economy and politics are all interwoven. Power politics is all about accumulation of power through wealth accumulation. The allocation of this wealth to expand empires, regions,…

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