With the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the coming to power in the hands of the Taliban, India has also started taking steps according to its diplomatic interests. India has started direct dialogue with the Taliban, indicating that it may recognize its authority in Afghanistan. At the same time, it has also been made clear that the use of Afghanistan’s land under his rule should not be against Indian interests.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted a high-level committee comprising External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to monitor the security related challenges after the Taliban came to power. The world fraternity has also clearly indicated through the meeting of the United Nations Security Council chaired by India late on Monday that Afghanistan will not be allowed to become a haven of terror.
Meeting held at the Indian Embassy in Doha on the request of Taliban
It has been told by the Ministry of External Affairs that India’s Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal has met the head of the Taliban political party Sher Muhammad Abbas Stankzai in Doha. The request for a meeting came from the Taliban and the two met at the Indian Embassy in Doha. There have been talks between them regarding the safety, security and speedy return of Indians trapped in Afghanistan. Talks have also taken place about the minorities of Afghanistan who want to come to India. The Indian ambassador has placed his concern before the Taliban that the land of Afghanistan should not be used for any terrorist activities against India. At the same time, India has also said that anti-India activities in Afghanistan should not be protected under any circumstances.
Taliban representative assured India
The Taliban representative assured India that he would look into all these issues and ensure that this does not happen. The way the Ministry of External Affairs has issued an official statement on the meeting of the Indian Ambassador with the leader of the Taliban, it is clear that now India will move forward with a more practical approach after the Taliban occupy the power of Kabul. Especially when neighboring countries like Pakistan and China have every possibility of increasing importance in Afghanistan. This meeting is in a way like giving political recognition to the Taliban.
Taliban has repeatedly called for relations with India
Relations with India are being repeatedly called from the Taliban side. He has indicated several times to maintain normal relations with India. Stankzai, who underwent military training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, had issued a video message a day earlier, in which relations with India were described as very important. The Taliban leader had spoken of maintaining cultural, political and economic ties with India. Sources say that even though India has made its talks with the Taliban public for the first time, Indian representatives have met with the Taliban even before that.
India cautious about security along with talks
Contact with the Taliban does not mean that India is hesitant about its security challenges. Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs have told that the high-level committee constituted by PM Modi has been meeting continuously for the last few days. The committee is not only coordinating the evacuation of Indian citizens from Afghanistan, but is also monitoring the reaction of the global community to the situation in Afghanistan. The policy of the Indian side has been decided in the meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held late on Monday with the help of this committee, which is also playing an important role in deciding the policy.
In the resolution issued by the UNSC, India’s role has been instrumental in preparing what the global community has told the Taliban to stay away from terrorism and not to use Afghanistan’s land against the interests of any other country.
Clear Message to Taliban
Along with the talks, India has also given a clear message to the Taliban regarding terrorist organizations. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said the Taliban have been clearly told what the international community is expecting from them. He also said that terrorist organizations like Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba should not get any shelter in Afghanistan.