Hayatullah Hayat, the governor of Helmand province in Afghanistan, has nixed reports that the Quetta Shura — the top leadership of the Taliban — is in his province, bolstering earlier reports that they were still in Pakistan. His statement followed the recent remark by Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid to a news agency that the people in the upper echelons of the group had shifted to Afghanistan. 
The Taliban’s endeavours to show that their leadership was no more in Pakistan could well be seen as an effort from either by the terrorist group or Islamabad to mend Pakistan’s image of a shelter or safe haven for terrorists, something India has insisted for a long time that the country is. The claim was bolstered when the US had managed to locate and neutralise Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan. 
Now, with Hayat’s assertion, that claim by India looks all the more plausible. A …