There are four related stories, all of which seem to point to ongoing dealings between the Pakistan authorities and the Afghan Taliban.
Firstly there is the Indian/Pakistan talks which are making some headway. Link here:
Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Talks break India-Pakistan ice
It is widely known that political groups in both countries oppose any peace agreement between Pakistan and India. However a big issue with both is relations with Afghanistan. Pakistan links with Afghanistan have been under severe strain, with Pakistan only in the last year making efforts to stop the Tailbans war being sourced and supplied from Pakistan soil. Recently another Al Jazeera TV report gave the issue much coverage.
Now the Pakistan courts, whose judicial make up is still not reconstructed to establish judicial independance has ruled recently arrested Afghan Taliban will not be extradited to Afghanistan. The Pakistani intel services have not even confirmed who it is they have arrested, yet the court can rule said men, who are outside of the judicial process at this time can not be extradicted? Link:
BBC News - 'No extradition' for Taliban chiefs held in Pakistan
The case against extradition was taken by "civil rights activists", whom the report does not name.
The ruling comes despite an earlier promise by Pakistans president to hand over said Taliban leaders:
Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Taliban deputy to be 'handed over'
In the interim, the Taliban have struck Kabul, right in the middle of this affair, and it seems the majority of their targets were Indian:
Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Indians killed in Kabul blasts
of all the targets the Taliban could have gone after, they chose to sacrafice their fighters attacking Pakistans regional rival in Afghanistan? I can't see how that makes sense.
It raises the question, was this attack carried out to curry favour with the Pakistan authorities? The proximity of events and the choice of target in Kabul between them seems to suggest a definate linkage.
Does anyone know who the "human rights activitis" were who took the timely petition against extradition to the high court in Lahore?
Is this an early indication that Paksitans hithertoo disasterous foreign policy in Afghanistan is back on track?
There had been claims that it was US/Pakistani co-operation organised the capture and interegation of the Taliban leaders, yet the second report claims the US has no access.
We have seen in recent months, General Gul, ex-head of the Pakistani ISI, on TV claiming the Afghan Taliban cannot be defeated. Gul was also advisor to the Pakistan Taliban Council. Despite the recent violance it must be assumed he still has links to the Afghan Taliban, as he openly supported them. His claims have even been repeated on P.ie. The most recent attack in Kabul seems to suggest reciprocal support between the Pakistan authorities and the Afghan Taliban. It also puts establishment nationalists in Pakistan with Taliban links centre stage. Though Pakistan can it seems make military headway against the Taliban, has Asif Zadari finally come had to come to an accomdation with the hard liners in Islamabad with Taliban links? They can it seems deliver progress in Pakistans regional efforts.