In the midst of increasing occupation in Afghanistan, the Taliban has put a new condition for talks with India. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that talks with India can only take place on the condition of fairness. He has also denied any talks between India and the Taliban. He said the Taliban would not surrender to the Afghan government. Suhail Shaheen is a member of the Taliban’s peace negotiating team in Doha as well as a spokesperson for the international media.
Taliban will hold talks on the condition of fairness
In an interview with India Today, Suhail Shaheen said that talks between Taliban and India can be on the condition of fairness. He further said that according to the Doha Agreement, the Taliban will not allow any person or entity to use Afghan soil to launch an attack against any country in the world. Referring to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen said that the Taliban want to overthrow the current administration in Kabul.
No talks with India
On a question asked about India-Taliban talks, Suhail Shaheen said that there were reports of an Indian delegation visiting or meeting our delegation. I have seen, but I cannot confirm it, because to the best of my knowledge it has not happened. Earlier there were reports that the Indian delegation held talks with the Taliban’s political leadership in Qatar’s capital, Doha, although this was not officially confirmed.
Taliban said even after vacating India’s embassy
He was asked that India had evacuated the consulate in Kandahar in July after the Taliban took over. The consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif has been evacuated today. There are concerns that when the Taliban reach an area, Indians will have to leave that area. Responding to this, Suhail Shaheen said that we have issued statements not once but on several occasions that we are committed to the security of all diplomats and embassies in Afghanistan.
‘India vacated the embassy due to its concerns’
He said that India has its own concern. They are taking their diplomats from those areas for their reasons, for their concerns. It’s up to them. But the one who connected with us, we have already clarified our position and shown our commitment to the security of all the diplomats serving in the embassies. The spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Zabiullah Mujahid, also made a statement regarding the security of the diplomats.
What did the Taliban say on women’s education?
Suhail Shahi said that we have no objection to women’s access to education and work. We have said repeatedly, but only that they are Muslim women and may have to wear the Islamic “hijab” (veil). Right now, girls’ high schools, universities, where women are getting education, are all operating in the areas under our control. They are not restricted from working or receiving education.
Answer given on the question of India’s participation in the Doha talks
Taliban spokesperson said that I think it is really important for India to show impartiality. We have been receiving reports that they are supporting the Kabul administration with military weapons, which the administration uses against its own people. We saw bombing with the same weapon at Lashkargah in Helmand province. It is very important that India shows impartiality; They should be with the people of Afghanistan and not with the government that was imposed or came into existence as a result of the occupation. It is for them to decide whether they stand with the people of Afghanistan or the government imposed by foreign capitals.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen (centre)