While this was the first time Pakistan had acted against the Taliban leadership, Afghans involved in western-backed attempts to start talks with the Taliban to end the war were furious, warning that the arrest might have ruined chances of negotiations.
“It’s a spectacular own goal [for the US],” said one official. “They want to wreck talks,” said a close aide to Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai.
“Mullah Baradar was independently in contact with the Afghan government to find a way for reconciliation and the Pakistanis knew that from their secret agents.”
Terrific: what happens to the one guy who could possibly have pulled off some degree of reconciliation with the Taliban?
He gets arrested.
So, the war keeps grinding on, day after horrendous day, not only for US and NATO troops, but for terrified Afghani non-combatants who fear for their lives every day.