Taliban warn India against playing any military role in Afghanistan

Qatar-based Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen. Photo: Twitter/Suhail Shaheen

Amid the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, Taliban have warned India against playing any military role in the country.

“What do you mean by military role? If they come to Afghanistan militarily and have their presence. I think that will not be good for them, they have seen the fate of military presence in Afghanistan of other countries. So it is an open book for them. And about their help to the Afghan people or national projects, I think that is something which is appreciated,” news agency ANI quoted Qatar-based spokesperson of Taliban Suhail Shaheen as saying.

Earlier, an Indian delegation participated in a Taliban meeting in Doha. However, a separate meeting was not held with the country, a spokesperson of the insurgents’ group said. Asserting Taliban’s ‘commitment’, he further assured that they will not harm the embassies or the diplomats in Afghanistan.

When Taliban was asked to assure that ‘Afghan soil’ won’t be used against India, Shaheen was quoted saying: “We have a general policy that we’re committed not to allow anyone to use Afghan soil against any country, including the neighboring countries.”

According to reports, the Taliban are close to taking control of India’s showpiece infrastructure project Salma dam, also called India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam, in the Herat province.

The dam had been inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in 2016.

The province capital and Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Herat city, has already fallen to the Taliban.


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