After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, India’s concerns have been raised significantly. The growing speculation of Afghanistan territory being used for anti-India activity under the Taliban regime is hovering like a dark cloud. Amid all this, the Islamist group has made a prominent remark that it has the right to raise its voice for Muslims all over the world including the Muslims in Kashmir. However, it had also been noted that the Taliban does not have the policy to raise arms against any country.
During an interview with BBC Urdu, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen commented: “We have this right, being Muslims, to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India, and any other country.” The spokesperson further explained that Muslims all over the world are entitled to equal rights. “We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are your own people, your own citizens. They are entitled to equal rights under your laws,” Shaheen added.
Shaheen’s remarks didn’t come abruptly. Before this, the Taliban has given statements about their stance on Kashmir. Just a few days after seizing control of Kabul, the Taliban made it clear that Kashmir is a “bilateral and an internal matter”. But they are concerned about the Muslims of Kashmir who the Taliban has dubbed as their “own people”.
Arindam Bagchi of the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that India is trying to make sure that Afghani soil is not being used for any terror activity.
This interaction between India and the Taliban was the first formal and publicly acknowledged contact. Indian Ambassador to Qatar, Deepak Mittal met with senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai on Tuesday. After that, Mittal conveyed India’s concerns. The MEA confirmed that the discussions were so focused on the safety, security, and early return of Indian nationals who are stranded in Afghanistan.
In the past, ISIS and Al Qaeda have tried to establish a state but failed whatsoever. Now, speculations are made that Sunni and Wahabi terrorist groups will eventually make the Taliban turn Afghanistan into their safe haven.
Government sources have also confirmed that Pakistan spy agency ISI, which reportedly has good relations with the Taliban, will possibly try to influence the Islamist group. However, their efforts might go in vain since the Taliban is finally in a position of strength. Hence, it won’t be easy for the ISI to influence or have leverage over the Taliban.