Taliban Warns India Against Military Moves in Afghanistan

Taliban militants are seen inside Kandahar city, southern Afghanistan on Friday. — Xinhua/IANS

They have assured foreign embassies and staff that there is no danger from their side

NEW DELHI — The Taliban have warned India against military moves in Afghanistan, pointing to the fate of other military powers.

“If they (India) come to Afghanistan militarily and have their presence, I think that will not be good for them. They’ve seen the fate of military presence in Afghanistan of other countries, so it is an open book for them,” Taliban spokesperson Muhammed Suhail Shaheen said as per media reports.

He also denied that the Taliban have ties with terror groups based in Pakistan. “They are not based on ground realities but on basis of their certain policies towards us, on the basis of politically motivated goals,” he added.

The Taliban have assured embassies and staff that there is no danger from their side.
The Taliban spokesperson said that it follows a general policy of not allowing anyone to use Afghan soil against any country including the neighbouring nations.

On reports of Indian officials meeting the Taliban in Doha, the spokesperson said that he could not confirm the development.

Shaheen said the Taliban appreciates India for helping the Afghan people, while also praising reconstruction activities.

“We appreciate everything that has been done for people of Afghanistan like dams, national and infrastructure projects and anything that’s for Afghanistan’s development, reconstruction and economic prosperity for people,” he added. — IANS

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