Taliban raises its Kashmir pitch: “We have the right”, says its spokesman

8th September 2021

8th September 2021

Suhail Shaheen

With Afghanistan in its control,  Taliban claimed that it would "raise its voice for Muslims" in India’s Kashmir. 

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said: "We have this right, being Muslims, to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India, and any other country."

However, his remarks stand in stark contrast with Anas Haqqani, a member of the Taliban’s 14-member negotiating team who had mentioned that they won’t be interfering in another country’s matter. 

Earlier, India has also anticipated that Afghan soil under the Taliban regime could be used for terrorist activities against it. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government's aim was to ensure Afghanistan's land was not used for terror activity of any kind. Based on the outcome of further meetings it would be decided whether India would recognise a Taliban government in Afghanistan or not, Bagchi said.

Government sources also said that Pakistan spy agency ISI, which shares good relations with Taliban leadership, will try to influence the Taliban in 'liberating' Kashmir from India. 

The Haqqani group has engineered and carried out attacks in the past against Indian assets, including the Indian embassy in Kabul

Additionally, many in India fear that sections within the group could now set their eyes on Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier also the Taliban had helped the Pakistani terrorists who hijacked the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kathmandu to Kandahar to force India to release three terrorists, including Masood Azhar, who went on to create JeM.

 

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