Shahbaz Taseer

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The Shahbaz Taseer Saga: Have The Afghan Taliban Chewed Through Pakistan's Leash?

The chaos following Shahbaz Taseer's miraculous escape from captivity in Afghanistan flags a serious communication breakdown between Islamabad and its instruments of statecraft. Moreover, it spotlights the increasing futility of using the term "Afghan Taliban" to represent some centralized militant umbrella, as such a top-down model became obsolete after the US troop surge in 2010.