An alumnus of the Indian Navy Academy who’s tipped to be Afghanistan’s overseas minister has advised CNN-Information18 that his nation is not going to decide sides between India and Pakistan. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, talking solely from Doha, mentioned the Taliban is eager to foster pleasant relations with India, the clearest signal but that the brand new Taliban rulers are eager to have interaction positively with the Indian authorities.
The next are the excerpts from his interview:
How do you see Taliban administration’s view in direction of India?
Our overseas coverage is to have good relations with all our neighbouring nations and the entire world. The American forces have been in Afghanistan for the final 20 years and after which they withdrew. We could have pleasant relations with America after this and NATO. So, I believe they need to come again and participate within the rehabilitation of Afghanistan. Identical goes for India. We need to proceed pleasant cultural and financial relations with them. Not solely with India, all our neighbouring nations, together with Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan.
There’s a worry that Taliban could also be hostile in direction of India, they might crew up with Pakistan and goal India. How do you see this evaluation. Is that this appropriate or incorrect?
What comes up in media is most frequently incorrect, there isn’t a such assertion or indication from our facet. We would like good relations with all our neighbouring nations.
There’s a worry that Afghanistan might grow to be a sanctuary for terror teams, equivalent to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, that are a risk to India. What are your feedback on that?
There was no risk from Afghanistan to any of our neighbours, together with India all through our historical past and it’ll not occur in any respect. There isn’t any doubt that there’s a lengthy political and geographical dispute between India and Pakistan. We hope they don’t use Afghanistan of their inner battle, they’ve a protracted border, they’ll battle amongst themselves on the border. They need to not use Afghanistan for this and we is not going to let any nation use our land for this.
It’s a robust assertion that you’ll not permit LeT or Jaish to play in your territory. Are you confirming that?
That is our responsibility. We is not going to permit anybody to make use of Afghan facet in opposition to any nation on the earth.
You have been educated within the Indian Navy Academy a couple of a long time in the past. Any reminiscence of that place and the way was your time while you have been in India?
It was throughout my younger age, I used to be educated there earlier than Russians got here to Afghanistan. I used to be educated at IMA and graduated from there.
Are you continue to in contact with these individuals?
No, not in India.
Who do you blame for the Kabul assault a couple of days in the past?
In media, I noticed Daish (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) took the accountability of the assault.
However stories recommend that Haqqani did the blast and ISIS took the accountability. What do it’s a must to say on that?
That is what enemies of Afghan individuals say. It’s not true and it’s fully false. Since Daish has taken the accountability, it’s clear that Daish has carried out it.
There are various Hindus and Sikh who’re nonetheless in Afghanistan. Will you assist India to evacuate them?
I believe there isn’t a requirement to evacuate them. Afghanistan is their residence land and nation to allow them to dwell peacefully and there will probably be no hurt to their lives. They’ll dwell as they have been residing earlier than. We hope that Hindus and Sikhs who have been in Afghanistan and had migrated to India within the final 20 years would come again quickly.
How do you see the popularity of Taliban by world powers and India?
We hope that. On the bottom, for the reason that Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will kind the federal government, we have to have good relations with our neighbours and different nations of the world. When the brand new authorities will probably be introduced, we hope all these nations who’re associated to the area particularly the US will help us.
India has carried out lots of improvement work in Afghanistan. What do you assume will occur to that?
Growth works carried out by India in Afghanistan are our nationwide belongings. We are going to hold it like that and hope in future all incomplete work will probably be completed by India. We invite India to return and begin once more and full these tasks.
And can you present safety to them?
Sure, if someone is coming and dealing in your nation then you’ll have to present them with safety. I don’t assume there isn’t a have to ask such questions.