The old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend appears to have taken root among Taliban leaders who appear ready to abandon their fight against Pakistan and join with their enemies in a war against India. Taliban fighters battling Pakistan soldiers near the Afghan border volunteered to fight alongside the Pakistan army if war breaks out between that country and India. The Taliban offer came in a video recording by its deputy chief, Maulvi Faqir Mohammad. In the video he said: “If India launches a war on Pakistan, we will divide the fight into two parts. /The air defence will be the responsibility of the military, and the Tehrik-e-Taleban Pakistani will fight the war on ground. If it makes a mistake to attack Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taleban will defend Pakistan and Islam.”
The offer undoubtedly is an attempt by Taliban leaders to win popular support in Pakistan. It realizes there are many groups within Pakistan who regard war with India as the real fight and consider fighting against the Taliban to be a diversion. Of course, there long has been suspicion many members of Pakistan’s secret service, the ISI, work closely with Taliban sources.