India on Tuesday said that the global approach to address the Afghan crisis must be guided by the recent UN Security Council resolution demanding that the territory of Afghanistan must not be used for terrorism and that a negotiated political settlement should be found out to the conflict.
Asserting India will stand with the Afghan people, foreign minister, S Jaishankar said it was essential that humanitarian assistance providers are accorded unimpeded, unrestricted and direct access to Afghanistan that would include regular commercial air operations.
Describing the situation in Afghanistan as “very fragile”, India told the UN on Thursday it is important that the Taliban adhere to their commitment of not allowing the use of Afghan soil for terrorism, including by UN-designated terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed.
The most important person in the Taliban cabinet announced on Tuesday is not Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund but interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani. The head of the Haqqani Network, possibly the most powerful of all the Taliban factions, is closest to Pakistan’s ISI. His network has been responsible for most of the attacks on Indian …
The government highlighted Pakistan ISI’s links with India-focused terror groups in Afghanistan, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, and stressed Islamabad’s ties with Taliban and other international terror groups during a high-level inter-government dialogue with Russia on the Afghan situation.
Admitting the risk of terrorism flowing into Russia and Kashmir from Afghanistan, Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev Monday said India and Russia had “common concerns” that Afghanistan should not be used to spread terrorism.
Afghan nationals who arrived in India before the Taliban captured control over a majority of Afghanistan say they do not want to return despite facing financial hardships here. Many of them, who came to India days before the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s government in Afghanistan are making ends meet by working in local shops and …
Amid concerns over growing Chinese footprints in Sri Lanka, the island nation is looking to boost defence and security ties with India with an integrated country strategy paper drafted under new high commissioner Milinda Moragoda, who finally took charge here on August 30, calling for a significantly enhanced cooperation.
The United Nations Security Council resolution on Afghanistan addresses India’s key concerns relating to the country following its takeover by the Taliban, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The UN Security Council, under India’s presidency, on Monday adopted a resolution demanding that the territory of Afghanistan should not be used to threaten any …
Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai is learnt to have assured Deepak Mittal that the Taliban will address all 3 major concerns expressed by India – safety and return of Indian nationals, safe passage for Afghan nationals looking to come to India and preventing Pakistan based terror groups from using Afghan territory to target India.
In his first comments on Kashmir, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said that Pakistan and India should sit together to resolve all their outstanding issues because both are neighbours and their interests are linked to each other. Mujahid made the remarks during a wide-ranging interview with Pakistani TV channel ARY News.
The ministry of external affairs on Friday said India’s priority will be to evacuate the Indian citizens from Afghanistan and Afghan nationals “who stood by us”. Addressing a weekly presser, external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has evacuated over 550 people in six separate flights, either from Kabul or Dushanbe.
Many of the Taliban’s key leaders and fighters, including Mullah Omar, the founder of the organization, had studied in the Deobandi seminaries in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On Saturday, Indian Air Force’s C-130J transport aircraft airlifted over 85 Indians from the region. The aircraft took off from Kabul in the early hours of Saturday and stopped for refuelling in Tajikistan. India had earlier also picked up its consulate staff from Kandahar when the town was about to be taken over by the …
With the Taliban now in control in Kabul, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said New Delhi is “very carefully” following the developments in Afghanistan and India’s focus is on ensuring the security and safe return of Indian nationals still in the war-torn country.
Their ancestors founded the last dynasty of Afghanistan, were exiled to India by the British and lived out their days in the Doon valley. Now, in a quiet pocket of Dehradun, seven descendants of the Afghan royals, who introduced Basmati to Dehradun, live as a family of farmers.
India as a key partner of the UK in the region and chair of the United Nations Sanctions Committee will have a very important role to play in dealing with the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan with the takeover of the Taliban, the UK government said on Tuesday.