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The U.S.’s continued insistence on talking directly to the Taliban without the involvement of the Afghan government, has worrying implications for the region and especially India. In conversation with Ashwin Ahmad, SNI Editor Surya Gangadharan and Associate Editor Amitabh Revi say that the suspicious motives of U.S.’s Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad  during the ongoing peace talks, the hard to be believed assurances of the Taliban to the U.S. on curbing terror, and the ‘hidden’ Pakistan hand, will continue to ensure an unstable and violence-ridden Afghanistan in the coming future.