Taliban says it has ‘Right to Raise Voice for Muslims in Kashmir- India, but why?

India's aim is to ensure Afghanistan is not used for the terrorist activity of any kind against India.

After the take-over of capital city and key areas of Afghanistan, there are growing concerns that Taliban will support anti-India terrorist activities.

Meanwhile, in an interview with BBC Urdu, the terrorist group has said that it has the right to raise its voice for Muslims in Kashmir.

Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said:

“We have this right, being Muslims, to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India, and any other country.”

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However, the spokesperson added that the group does not have the policy to raise arms against India.

“We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are your own people, your own citizens. They are entitled to equal rights under your laws.”

Initially, Taliban had said that Kashmir is a “bilateral and an internal matter” between India and Pakistan.

However, in not so surprising turn of event, Neelam Irshad Sheikh, a leader of Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has said that the Taliban would help their country in “liberating’ Kashmir from India.”

“Taliban have said that they are with us and they will help us in [liberating] Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has told media that India’s aim is to ensure Afghanistan is not used for terrorist activity of any kind against India.

MEA has even held discussions with Taliban focussing on the safe and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.