TEHRAN (Realist English). Several sources in Iran and Afghanistan at once claim that the real reason for the increase in tension between Tehran and Kabul is only partially related to water, says Andrei Serenko, head of the Center for the Study of Afghan Politics.
“The main reason for the growing tension between Kabul and Tehran is that the Taliban have given shelter to some Baloch Mullahs and Baloch activists who are fighting Iran.” his sources note.
Serenko reminds that Mullah Naqshbandi, a month after his disappearance from Iran, released a video message to his supporters from the Afghan province Nimroz bordering Iran. And relatives of the Iranian oppositionist Regi, who was executed in Iran, now live in the Afghan province Farah.
“All Afghanistan’s neighbors got everything they deserved from the Taliban, whom they previously supported. The Taliban have given refuge to those who now threaten the security of Iran and Pakistan. Tehran and Islamabad were powerless to influence them.” the expert said, citing sources.