Taliban Said about Kashmir
A spokesman for the Taliban Said about Kashmir in a statement that the group aims to “raise its voice for Muslims” in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
“As Muslims, we also have a right to express our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India, or any other country,” Suhail Shaheen told.
Despite the fact that India and Pakistan control distinct areas of the Muslim-majority region, both claim it as their own.
A separatist insurgency has wreaked havoc on the Indian-run side for the past 30 years.
Following the withdrawal of US troops in August, the Taliban declared victory in Afghanistan. Islamists have taken control and are poised to form a new administration soon.
This is the first time the organization has spoken out about Kashmir, which is administered by India.
“Kashmir is not part of our jurisdiction, and meddling is against our policy,” Taliban leader Anas Haqqani stated in a recent interview with CNN-News18.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid encouraged Pakistan and India to sit down together to discuss all issues in another interview with a Pakistan-based broadcaster.
The Taliban “had no policy” of starting armed operations against any country, Mr. Shaheen.
His comments come at a time when India is concerned about the Taliban’s treatment of Afghanistan’s Hindu and Sikh communities, and there are growing fears.
With the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, many in India are concerned that members of the group may now turn their attention to India. Jammu & Kashmir, which is administered by India, has been enflamed by anti-India factions within Pakistan.
“Taliban have declared they are with us and will help us in [liberating] Kashmir,” Pakistan’s ruling PTI leader Neelam Irshad Sheikh remarked in a widely circulated TV debate footage.
While the United States, Russia, and China are openly talking to the Taliban, India is treading carefully.
According to Carnegie, the Haqqani organization has already planned and conducted out attacks against Indian assets, including the Indian embassy in Kabul.
Mr. Shaheen argued that the accusations leveled against the Haqqanis are nothing more than that.
“The Haqqanis aren’t a collective. They are part of Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate. They are Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate “he stated
“The Taliban and the Haqqani network are independent entities,” a US State Department spokeswoman recently asserted.
Mr. Shaheen disputed that his organization was involved in the kidnapping of an Indian jet to Afghanistan in 1999.
With 180 people on board, a state-run Indian Airlines plane was hijacked on its way from Kathmandu to Delhi. It was flown to Kandahar, where the hijackers arranged for the release of Kashmiri militants.
In exchange for the travelers, India freed three Kashmiri militants. The five armed hijackers were never apprehended.
He claimed the organization has offered every assistance and that the Indian government should be “thankful” to them.
“India had requested us [to land in Kandahar] since the plane had run out of fuel, and we assisted in the liberation of the prisoners,” he explained.
Mr. Shaheen also denied knowledge of the circumstances behind the July death in Afghanistan of Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters journalist was embedded with an Afghan military convoy that was assaulted by Taliban terrorists in the Pakistani border town of Spin Boldak.
He stated that he would release the specifics after the group’s inquiry into the incident was completed.