Even as last week saw pictures of camaraderie & bonhomie between Taliban & Pakistan, Afghanistan has come hard on Islamabad for hosting the group and India saying it’s monitoring the development.
President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Sediq Sediqqi speaking to WION slammed Pakistan and said, “We don’t know why these Taliban – Pak talks are happening!”
Explaining further Sediq said, “The key to a sustainable peace is in Afghanistan. This kind of hosting of the Taliban by Pakistan only emboldens them to continue and hold to their violence against the Afghan government.”
Meanwhile, India is also “closely monitoring” the developments from Islamabad on the Taliban Pakistan talks.
Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in his weekly presser on Friday said, “All sections of Afghan govt, including legitimately elected government should be part of the Afghan peace process” and “all processes should respect the constitutional legacy and political mandate” clearly highlighting exclusion of government in Kabul will not be accepted by India in any Afghan peace process.
New Delhi also said, no “ungoverned spaces where terrorists and their proxies can operate and where they can create bases to target India” should form as the outcome of any talks.”
India did not have ties with Afghanistan when it was under Taliban control in late 1990s. Pakistan was among the very few countries to have ties with Taliban controlled Afghanistan of 1990s. India saw its plane being hijacked– Indian Airlines Flight 814 and taken to Kandahar in 1999 by Pakistan based terrorists.
New Delhi is engaging with United States and Afghanistan both on the recent developments in the south Asian country.
India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar met with US special envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad last week on the sidelines of United Nations General assembly in New York, the first meet since US President Donald Trump canceled talks with Taliban.