There has been a sharp escalation in violence in Afghanistan over the last few months. Even as intra-Afghan talks continue and the United States prepares to pull out its troops completely in September, there remains a question mark on the Taliban’s sincerity. This has heightened India’s concerns for the region.
Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay, speaking to CNN News18, agreed that “India has legitimate concerns in Afghanistan”. There are over 20 terror organisations that the Taliban supports with some that directly target India and Indian assets. The Taliban is now sitting at the negotiating table and India is trying to tap into its leadership in Doha. However, CNN-News18 has learnt from sources that India is yet to make any significant headway in being able to talk to the head of the Taliban’s political office, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
And even as India awaits this opening for a conversation, Ambassador Mamundzay said that the Afghanistan government has expectations from India of sending “a clear message to the Taliban to let go of violence and preserve the gains of the last 20 years, particularly the democratic gains”.