New Delhi claim rejected: Afghan Taliban deny sending fighters abroad

Rubbish assertions that Pakistan intelligence agencies may push Afghan militants into Indian Kashmir.

Tahir Khan August 08, 2013
Taliban had denied involvement in the attack, which had killed nine people including eight students of a nearby religious school. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


Afghan Taliban Wednesday rejected as nonsense claims by Indian intelligence officials that Pakistani security agencies may push the Afghan militants into Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Indian media quoted unnamed security officials as saying that Pakistan’s ISI may now try to increasingly push battle-hardened Afghan Taliban into held Kashmir.

“The trend is expected to grow further as the 2014 deadline for Nato-led forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan draws near,” The Times of India quoted officials as saying.

The Afghan Taliban dismissed the Indian claims and said it is not Taliban policy to send its fighters out of Afghanistan.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said that the Taliban are fighting hundreds of thousands invading forces in Afghanistan and that their operations are only limited to Afghanistan.

“We have been fighting foreign forces and their local supporters for 12 years in Afghanistan and we do not have time and resources to send fighters to other countries,” Mujahid told The Express Tribune.

Indian officials came up with these allegations a day after Indian defence officials claimed that five Indian soldiers were killed along the Line of Control.

The officials were quoted as saying that the Taliban militants are deployed in occupied Kashmir to launch attacks on Indian forces.

Indian ambassador in Kabul in a veiled reference to Pakistan claimed on Tuesday that attacks in Afghanistan are planned outside the country. He was speaking at a gathering to distribute financial assistance to the family members of those killed and injured in the suicide bomb attack near the Indian consulate in the eastern Jalalabad city.

Taliban had denied involvement in the attack, which had killed nine people including eight students of a nearby religious school.

Meanwhile President Hamid Karzai has asked the Taliban to start peace talks inside Afghanistan if they are sincere in peace process, his office said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2013.


Dr.N | 10 years ago | Reply

The Pak govt. must have 100% control over its army and isi,like other normal countries- then the govt.s efforts at peace talks won't get derailed by covert activity of it's army working hand in glove with the taliban/TTP/LeT and innocent lives won't be lost with ugly incidents at the border at night time.No other govt.has been undermined repeatedly by it's own army & madrassas,like the Pakistan govt.

Reader | 10 years ago | Reply

@ModiFied: No. India's problems originate from its own corrupt and imperialistic army. How are you gonna talk about Pak army being hostile when just recently one of your own exposed that the Parliament attacks and the 26/11 attacks were set up by your own army!! If the Indian generals for once stop thinking on how to destroy pakistan and not kill their own people for this sole purpose , then maybe your country can succeed while giving us a sigh of relief too.

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