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Statement about joining Jihad in Kashmir is wrong, says Taliban, calls it India’s internal affair

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After social media handles claiming affiliation to the Taliban said that the organisation was preparing for war in Kashmir, spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the political wing of Taliban came out with a clarification, as translated and quoted by Hindustan Times.

“The statement published in the media about Taliban joining Jihad in Kashmir is wrong… The policy of the Islamic Emirate is clear that it does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries,” Suhail Shaheen, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the political wing of Taliban, as translated and quoted by The Indian Express.

The strong clarification comes a day after officials monitoring social media noted a spike in posts around claims that a Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said it was impossible to be friends with India unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved.

The spokesperson was also claimed to have said that the Taliban would, after capturing power in Kabul, “capture Kashmir from infidels also”.

Diplomats based in Kabul and Delhi told Hindustan Times that the Taliban spokesperson’s clarification came after India worked the backchannels to confirm reports about the group’s approach to India, and on Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi was told that the social media posts were fake and did not reflect Taliban’s position.

But analysts have also underlined that the Taliban wasn’t a monolithic body and comprises people holding different beliefs.

 

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