‘Taliban have time and again alternated between Kashmir and peace talks’
New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday said the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan was “not entirely surprising”, adding that China, Pakistan and Turkey all worked in collusion to prop up the insurgent group.
As a result, he said, the situation along India’s north-western borders has once again become a matter of “serious concern”.
“Another situation, which was not entirely surprising, but occurred before the expectation, is the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Their predisposition — passionate fanaticism, tyranny and terrorism in the name of Islam — is sufficient to make everyone apprehensive of the Taliban,” Bhagwat said in his annual Vijayadashami speech.
The speech, delivered at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, was attended, among others, by Israel Consul General in Mumbai Kobbi Shoshani.
Referring to the Taliban takeover on 15 August, Bhagwat pointed fingers at China, Pakistan and Turkey, accusing the three countries of empowering the group.
“China, Pakistan and Turkey have coalesced in an unholy coalition with the Taliban. Our north-western borders are once again a matter of serious concern,” he said.
“The Taliban have time and again alternated between Kashmir and peace talks simultaneously. This is an indicator that we cannot rest in complacency.”