Taliban praise India for development efforts, but warn against military role – News Vibe24

    Taliban praise India for development efforts, but warn against military role - Times of India
    Appreciating India’s humanitarian and development efforts in Afghanistan, such as the construction of the Salma Dam, roads and other infrastructure in the country, the Taliban urged India not to play a military role in Afghanistan.
    Speaking to ANI, Qatar-based Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said: “What do you mean by military role? If they come to Afghanistan militarily and have their presence. I do not think this will be good for them, they saw the fate of other countries’ military presence in Afghanistan. So it’s an open book for them. “And for their help to the Afghan people or to national projects, I think that is something that is appreciated.” India is helping Afghanistan build capacity, whether it is parliament, schools, roads or dams. India has pledged more than $ 2 billion in aid to Afghanistan. “We appreciate everything that has been done for the people of Afghanistan, such as dams, national projects, infrastructure and anything that is for the development of Afghanistan,” Shaheen added.
    Fearing escalating violence between Afghan forces and the Taliban, many countries, including India and the United States, are removing their staff from consulates in provinces that had fallen to the Taliban. “As far as securing diplomats and embassies is concerned, there is no risk on our part for them. We will not target any embassy or any diplomat …. For India’s concerns, I think it depends on them. “As for us, our position is clear, we are not targeting any diplomats or embassies,” Shaheen said.
    Asked about the safety of Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesman said minorities would be allowed to perform their rituals. He also denied any links between the Pakistani terrorist group and the Taliban, calling them politically motivated and baseless allegations. He added that Afghan territory would not be used against any foreign country, including India.

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