Jammu & Kashmir

Taliban will embolden militants in JK, says former JK DGP

Former JK DGP

Srinagar: As the Taliban take over Afghanistan, former Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said another “9/11 attack” could be planned from the country.

In an interview with a Delhi-based news organization India Today, the former top cop said that the developments in Afghanistan will embolden militants in JK.

He added that “Pakistan’s ISI may ask the Taliban to divert some of its militants to Jammu and Kashmir to revive militancy operations.”

“Pakistan will now shift militancy training camps of Jaish and Lashkar from Pakistan-administered Kashmir to Afghanistan to avoid international scrutiny. Anti-India militancy groups would get safe havens in Afghanistan,” the former police chief was quoted as saying.

The Taliban have breached Kabul and entered the presidential palace. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country hours ahead of Kabul’s fall and headed to Tajikistan, where he was denied refuge.

Stating that the Taliban’s rise in Afghanistan will have implications on Jammu and Kashmir and entire South Asia, Vaid said: ” in 1999 the Taliban had helped Pakistani militants to hijack the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 after which India was forced to release Maulana Masood Azhar from Kot Bhalwal Jail”.

Vaid was DIG-Jammu when the incident happened.

“We need to be very cautious. We may have to deal with the alliance of China, Pakistan and the Taliban,” Vaid told India Today, predicting challenging times for India.

The statement holds significance as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the Taliban takeover, saying that the Afghans have “broken the shackles of slavery”.

Meanwhile, Beijing said that it is ready to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with Afghanistan.


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