The conversation between Burns and Doval was focused on the involvement of Pakistan in the Kabul fallout and the situation that is unfolding in Afghanistan. Burns is scheduled to visit Islamabad today.
The Chief of British MI6 Richard Moore had also visited India earlier last week to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.
According to an Indian national security analyst Nitin Gokhale, “One more visitor to New Delhi may have gone unnoticed in the past week: the Chief of British MI6, Richard Moore. It is anybody’s guess what he wanted in India after the UK appears to have blatantly sided with Pakistan over the situation in Afghanistan.”
The Indian side is worried about the recent fallout of Kabul and subsequently the fall of Panjshir at the hands of the Afghan Taliban. India blames its neighbor Pakistan for its links with the Taliban and accuses them of aiding the Taliban with arms and ammunition.
The Indian security agencies perturbed and fear a spike in the infiltrations from Pakistan. They worry that the shockwaves of hasty US withdrawal in Afghanistan might have a spillover effect on Kashmir. In a passing-out parade at the Indian military’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regimental center in the summer capital of Kashmir on June 25, Lieutenant Gen. G. Pandey of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said: “There’s a possibility that Afghanistan may push some militants into Kashmir after U.S. forces leave Afghanistan.” Another retired Lieutenant Gen. Ata Hasnain, who believes in winning the “battle of narrative” in war-torn Kashmir, said in an interview that “any situation in Afghanistan always has an effect in Jammu and Kashmir.”