14 June, 2021

‘The Taliban And India Can Be Reconciled’

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spoke to Rahimullah Yusufzai

‘The Taliban And India Can Be Reconciled’

Aren’t Indian projects in Afghanistan beneficial for its people?

India is doing all this to promote its interests in our country. If India were so fond of the Afghan people, why did it not undertake development projects under Taliban rule?

How do you view India’s role in Afghanistan?

India’s role is different from those countries that sent troops to occupy Afghanistan. Still India isn’t neutral in the Afghan conflict as it is supporting the military presence of US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan and working for the strengthening of the Hamid Karzai government. Also, India has never condemned the civilian casualties caused by the occupying forces.

What do you think of India’s opposition to President Karzai’s attempts to carry out a reconciliation process with the Taliban?

First, Karzai’s so-called reconciliation policy is a non-starter. There can be no reconciliation with a powerless president like him. We don’t believe India will seriously...

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