Kabul: India is a friend of Afghanistan and has notably contributed towards the Afghan development. The co-operation between both the nations is within the international laws and we believe that India will play an important role in the security and development of Afghanistan, responded the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry. The Afghan government highlighted the significance of India’s contribution while responding to Taliban’s accusations on India. Taliban’s Qatar headquarters chief, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, accused that India has impacted Afghanistan’s development negatively. Moreover, he also threatened India of attacks.
Stanikzai, who has assumed an important role in the Taliban’s negotiations that are ongoing in Qatar capital, Doha, over the last few months, accused India while speaking to media. He lashed out by saying India is spreading negativity in Afghanistan in the previous 24 years. He further added that India has backed the traitor and corrupt Afghan government for over two decades. At the same time, he said that India has not supported the democratically elected government, but the one that the US has chosen. The Taliban leader also threatened that it would initiate a Jihad action against India very soon.
The Afghanistan Foreign Ministry responded to the Taliban’s accusations. The co-operation between India and Afghanistan has existed for a long time, and it is very well within the international norms and mutual respect. The Ministry also expressed faith that Afghanistan has always welcomed the Indian co-operation and India will undoubtedly play a significant role in the Afghanistan peace talks. A few days ago, Taliban issued a threat to India, as the US-Afghan envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad visited India and met with Foreign Minister, S Jaishankar and NSA, Ajit Doval.
Taliban is still functioning as per Pakistan’s orders. Moreover, the analysts claim that the reason behind Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai’s threat to India is Pakistan as well. At the same time, a few people from Pakistan have welcomed this threat issued by Taliban to India. Some of the Pakistani journalists have also said that India will have to pay for opposing Taliban.