The Taliban, which is trying to improve its image in the international world, is repeatedly calling for its relationship with India.The Taliban, which has seized Kabul at gunpoint, is repeatedly sending out the message that it has changed and wants to maintain Afghanistan's political and business ties with India.The Taliban says that trade, economic and political ties with India are of great importance.
Chabahar port said to be important
First on Saturday, senior Taliban leader Muhammad Abbas Stanakzai said in a video message, "We attach great importance to our trade, economic and political ties with India and want to maintain this relationship."Stankzai has also urged Pakistan to open trade routes between Afghanistan and India.Along with this, Chabahar Port being built by India was also described as important.
Appeal not to vacate the embassy
On Sunday, a Taliban team visited the Afghan-India Friendship Dam (Salma Dam) built by the Indian government and spoke to Afghan engineers supervising the dam.The Taliban, through their mediators, had also urged India not to vacate the embassy in Kabul.
Indian interests will not be harmed
The Indian government is not going to take any hasty decision on it, even though the Taliban are trying to assure that Indian interests will not be harmed even if they come to power.There is no change in the official stand of the Ministry of External Affairs that India will wait for the situation in Afghanistan to stabilize.
Ignoring the Taliban will not be easy
However, Foreign Ministry officials also believe that if a government is formed there under the leadership of the Taliban and all other countries recognize it, then it will not be easy for India to ignore the government of Afghanistan for a long time.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had given indications to this effect while briefing the all-party committee on the Afghanistan issue.
India is very important
Taliban leader Stanakzai has said that India is a very important country for the continent and will maintain political, economic and cultural ties with India once the Taliban form the government.In recent days, some Taliban spokespersons have spoken of maintaining normal relations with India, but this is the first time a top Taliban leader has offered this.
Stankzai can be made minister
Stankzai is believed to be holding a major ministerial position if the Taliban comes to power.When India began vacating the embassy after the Taliban capture of Kabul on August 15, it is believed that it was Stankzai who contacted Indian officials and said that India should have continued its embassy.
old relationship with India
Stankzai has a longstanding relationship with India.Stankzai, who had been in the Afghan army, took training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun.He is said to have good relations with many ex-servicemen of India.
India has not forgotten the ISI-Taliban alliance
However, sources say that these messages of the Taliban have no meaning for India.India knows very well that behind the Taliban is Pakistan's army and its intelligence agency ISI.The relationship between the ISI and the Taliban has left no stone unturned to hurt India in the first place.
hurt the interests of India
From the hijacking of an Indian plane in 1999 to the creation of a terrorist organization like Jaish-e-Muhammad for Kashmir and the attack on Indian missions, the role of the Taliban is not hidden from anyone.That is why India will keep an eye on what the Taliban does in the coming months or years.