Kashmir situation in control, says Indian Army Gen as Taliban take control of Afghanistan

Taliban inside Presidential palace Afghanistan. File Photo

Srinagar: As Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan, an Indian Army General said the situation in the Kashmir valley is under control and there is nothing to worry about on concerns about the possible fallout of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

Responding to a question on potential challenges in Kashmir after the Taliban took control, Lieutenant General DP Pandey, the General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps, according to news agency PTI said: “This is a playground and I do not want to comment about the outsiders. But remember, the security situation here (Kashmir) is in our control and there is nothing to worry about it.”

The GOC’s statement, made at a sporting event in Srinagar, comes days after chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that India is concerned about activity in Afghanistan spilling over into the country, but contingency plans are in place to deal with such a scenario, the report said.

Rawat, the country’s senior-most military commander, also said India anticipated the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan but its rapid pace was still a surprise.

“From the Indian perspective, we were anticipating the Taliban takeover. We were concerned about militant activity overflowing into India from Afghanistan. Our contingency planning is ongoing, and we are prepared for that,” the news agency quoted Rawat as saying.

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