New Delhi, Aug 02: The situation in Afghanistan will change in the next six months, President Ashraf Ghani has said. He said that the Taliban has become more cruel and oppressive in the last two decades.
“They have no wish for peace, for prosperity, or progress; we want peace but they want surrender (subdued people and government). They will not engage in meaningful negotiations unless the situation changes on the battlefield; therefore, we should have a clear stance. For this, there is a need for a countrywide mobilisation,” Ghani said according to an ANI report.
New Delhi, July 28: The Taliban has reached out to the Chinese to help it expand its footprint in Afghanistan. The same was conveyed by Taliban leader, Mullah Baradar during a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi held on July 27.
The Taliban in a statement said that Mullah Baradar travelled to China for two days as the head of a high ranking delegation of nine people. He held separate meetings with Wang who is the Chinese special representative for Afghansitan.
New Delhi, July 28: Prior to the attacks of Mumbai 26/11, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba had indicated its willingness to fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. Back in the day, the ISI had not approved of this and felt that the focus of the outfit should be on India, especially Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan did not want its most important proxy to fight in Afghanistan as the US troops were very much in place there. The 26/11 attack originally planned by Ilyas Kashmiri of the 313 Brigade of the Al-Qaeda was handed over to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba with the sole intention of keeping its fighters away from Afghanistan.
NEW DELHI—India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire for the first time in two decades on their heavily militarized, disputed border in late February, a development experts said was influenced by the situation in Afghanistan.
The ceasefire can’t be seen as an independent incident and there’s a regional context to the situation that’s determined by the larger border disputes that have persisted in the region since British colonial times, the crisis situation in Afghanistan, and the terrorist machinery that operates across borders between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, said experts.
New Delhi, July 21: The situation continues to remain fragile in Afghanistan with the US troops pulling out. What does this mean for India and the neighbourhood?
In this interview with OneIndia, Animesh Roul, Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict says that the investment and infrastructure would be in jeopardy once the Taliban takes over Kabul. India should keep its engagement with the Afghan government and other regional players such as Iran to remain relevant and effective, he also says.
New Delhi, July 12: There has been a lot of action in Afghanistan after the United States began pulling out troops. On Sunday, the Taliban fighters seized several key areas around Kandahar, following which India evacuated several of its diplomats.
The evacuation took place on Saturday, just a few days after India had said that it had no plans to close its mission in Kabul and consulate in Kandahar. Now videos have surfaced suggesting that the Indian consulate in Kandahar has been taken over by the Taliban. However, official sources in Delhi tell OneIndia that the consulate has been temporarily closed only due to the ongoing security situation. The videos being shared on the social media are not right, sources also say.
New Delhi, July 11: With the Army and ISI chief in Pakistan stating that their country would be the first to recognise a Taliban government once it came to power in Afghanistan, India is keeping a close watch on the developments.
Officials tell OneIndia that some of the developments taking place in Kabul are worrisome and the Taliban has clearly violated the peace deal it signed with the US in 2020. To add to the problem is the Pakistan backed Lashkar-e-Tayiba which has sent scores of its fighters to back the Taliban. The Lashkar bosses not only continue to advise the Taliban, but are also part of training camps.
New Delhi, July 07: The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against two ISI operatives in connection with the Hapur (UP) espionage case. The NIA has charged Saurabh Sharma and Anas Yakub Giteli under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Official Secrets Act.
The case was registered at Gomti Nagar in February after it was revealed that the accused persons were sharing confidential information about the Indian Army with the ISI in Pakistan. The case was later taken over by the NIA.