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Belt and Road

Taliban crack down on Pakistani militants targeting Belt and Road

New Kabul rulers move as pledged to U.S., but largely for Beijing's interests

A member of Taliban forces rides on a pick-up truck mounted with a weapon in Kabul, Oct. 3. The new Afghan ruler started crackdown on a part of Pakistani militants hiding in the country.   © Reuters

ISLAMABAD -- As part of their efforts to protect China's Belt and Road Initiative projects in Pakistan, Islamabad and Beijing have finally succeeded in pushing the Taliban to launch a crackdown on Pakistani separatist groups operating from their sanctuaries in Afghanistan and remove Uyghur rebels from an area that borders China.

In return, the Taliban expects economic cooperation and humanitarian assistance from Islamabad and Beijing, and are lobbying for sanctions to be removed, security analysts believe.

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