I said "will actively compete" (this shouldn't suggest being on same side). Although historically Iran & India have actively supported northern alliance & they will continue to do so.Iran and Russia aren't on Indian side in Afghanistan. Get your facts correct.
Getting regional centres is easy, they had influence in those areas even during US/Nato times. Come major cities there will be resistance even by locals. There will also be resistance by non-Pashtoons & northern groups. Historically Afghanistan has never been taken over without bloodshed so it won't be different this time.There wont be any civil war if taliban keeps up the pace and takes over the country in months. Also taliban are way more reliable and acceptable then the current afghan govt, a clear indian puppet and whose officials openly abuse Pakistan.
They are taking most areas without a fight and actually including every group in governing the districts. This time over they will be recognized by big powers like china and russia.
As for recognition is concerned, let's re-visit our respective assesments in near future.