A fresh round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban is taking place. Afghan government wants a permanent ceasefire, but experts say the outcome of the talks is uncertain and a lot would depend on the stand taken by the Taliban negotiators and it is well-known that they are under the influence of Pakistan. If the current round of talks ends on a positive note, it will have a great stabilising affect on the region. The outcome of the talks will also affect India’s interests as it has invested a lot in Afghanistan’s development. Defence expert Qamar Agha explains the importance of the peace talks and how it could affect India.