Taliban praise India for resisting Afghan entanglement

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    Taliban praise India for resisting Afghan entanglement | Reuters

    (Reuters) - - India has done well to resist U.S. calls for greater involvement in Afghanistan, the Taliban said in a rare direct comment about one of the strongest opponents of the hardline Islamist group that was ousted from power in 2001.

    The Taliban also said they won't let Afghanistan be used as a base against another country, addressing fears in New Delhi that Pakistan-based anti-India militants may become more emboldened if the Taliban return to power.

    The Afghan Taliban have longstanding ties to Pakistan and striking a softer tone towards its arch rival India could be a sign of a more independent course.

    Direct talks with the United States - which have since been suspended - and an agreement to open a Taliban office in Qatar to conduct formal peace talks have been seen as signs of a more assertive stance.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this month encouraged India to take a more active role in Afghanistan as most foreign combat troops leave in 2014. The Taliban said Panetta had failed.

    "He spent three days in India to transfer the heavy burden to their shoulders, to find an exit, and to flee from Afghanistan," the group said on its English website.

    "Some reliable media sources said that the Indian authorities did not pay heed to (U.S.) demands and showed their reservations, because the Indians know or they should know that the Americans are grinding their own axe."

    There had been no assurance for the Americans, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters on Sunday.

    "It shows that India understands the facts," he said.

    India is one of the biggest donors in Afghanistan, spending about $2 billion on projects ranging from the construction of highways to the building of the Afghan parliament. It has also won an iron ore concession in a $11 billion investment.

    But New Delhi has avoided involvement in bolstering Afghan security, except for running courses for small groups of Afghan army officers at military institutions in India.

    "No doubt that India is a significant country in the region, but is also worth mentioning that they have full information about Afghanistan because they know each other very well in the long history," the Taliban said.

    "They are aware of the Afghan aspirations, creeds and love for freedom. It is totally illogical they should plunge their nation into a calamity just for the American pleasure."

    India backed the Northern Alliance during the civil war and was frozen out of Afghanistan once the Taliban took over in 1996 until their ouster by U.S. forces. It has since developed close ties with Kabul, prompting Pakistani fears of encirclement.

    Pakistan has strong traditional links with the Afghan Taliban and other militant groups. Islamabad denies that it uses them as proxies to gain leverage in Afghanistan ahead of any settlement to the war, or in case civil war breaks out after foreign troops leave.

    Vikram Sood, a former chief of India's intelligence agency, said the Taliban statement held an implicit warning for India.

    "It's more a gentle reminder asking India not to mess around in Afghanistan after the Americans leave," he told Reuters. (Additional reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Nick Macfie)
     
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    Divide and rule. Taliban wont find India to be suckers for that. They are scums and will remain just that. India will on the face tell you something and do something else that suits its interests. We have to learn from the Chinese.
     
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    This explains everything.
     
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    Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    India has done well to resist US calls for greater involvement in Afghanistan, the Taliban said in a rare direct comment about one of the strongest opponents of the hardline Islamist group that was ousted from power in 2001.
    The Taliban also said they won't let Afghanistan be used as a base against another country, addressing fears in New Delhi that Pakistan-based anti-India militants may become more emboldened if the Taliban return to power.

    The Afghan Taliban have longstanding ties to Pakistan and striking a softer tone towards its arch rival India could be a sign of a more independent course.

    Direct talks with the United States - which have since been suspended - and an agreement to open a Taliban office in Qatar to conduct formal peace talks have been seen as signs of a more assertive stance.

    US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this month encouraged India to take a more active role in Afghanistan as most foreign combat troops leave in 2014. The Taliban said Panetta had failed.

    "He spent three days in India to transfer the heavy burden to their shoulders, to find an exit, and to flee from Afghanistan," the group said on its English website.

    "Some reliable media sources said that the Indian authorities did not pay heed to (US) demands and showed their reservations, because the Indians know or they should know that the Americans are grinding their own axe."

    There had been no assurance for the Americans, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters on Sunday.

    "It shows that India understands the facts," he said.

    India is one of the biggest donors in Afghanistan, spending about $2 billion on projects ranging from the construction of highways to the building of the Afghan parliament. It has also won an iron ore concession in a $11 billion investment.

    But New Delhi has avoided involvement in bolstering Afghan security, except for running courses for small groups of Afghan army officers at military institutions in India.

    "No doubt that India is a significant country in the region, but is also worth mentioning that they have full information about Afghanistan because they know each other very well in the long history," the Taliban said.

    "They are aware of the Afghan aspirations, creeds and love for freedom. It is totally illogical they should plunge their nation into a calamity just for the American pleasure."

    India backed the Northern Alliance during the civil war and was frozen out of Afghanistan once the Taliban took over in 1996 until their ouster by US forces. It has since developed close ties with Kabul, prompting Pakistani fears of encirclement.

    Pakistan has strong traditional links with the Afghan Taliban and other militant groups. Islamabad denies that it uses them as proxies to gain leverage in Afghanistan ahead of any settlement to the war, or in case civil war breaks out after foreign troops leave.

    Vikram Sood, a former chief of India's intelligence agency, said the Taliban statement held an implicit warning for India.

    "It's more a gentle reminder asking India not to mess around in Afghanistan after the Americans leave," he told Reuters.

    Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure - Hindustan Times
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    already posted saar.
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    They think we are a threat. We should be flattered.
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    Of course the Taliban will praise India.

    It will leave the field clear for them to run amok.
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    I don't think the current Afghan govt can survive beyond 2014.

    Come 2014, we will have elections by ballot. The Afghans will have elections by blood.
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    ^^^ The Americans will not be going anywhere and given how the Taliban's spring offensive is going, I think the ANSF are given very little credit compared to how far they have improved.

    Keep in mind that we have discussed about India-Taliban back channel talks and the fact that we have enormous goodwill among the population also means that the Afghan taliban has to moderate their rhetoric around that. We don't want the Taliban to come back in power, but we shouldn't be adoption an ostrich-like position and ignore the Taliban completely either.

    http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/...shukla-how-long-can-india-ignore-taliban.html
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    Another strategic blunder in the making for India if it does not engage in Afghanistan. China, usually which has a keener eye for strategic opportunities, is already injecting itself into Afghanistan. Of course time will tell what will happen to the Afghan government. But it would be too naive to believe that the US will just vanish from Afghanistan after spending precious dollars and diplomatic capital in it in the last 10 years.
     
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    India is well entrenched in Astan. No blunder here. We also have the goodwill of both the people and the current government there.
     
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    Re: Taliban praises India for resisting US pressure

    I am not sure a blunder in which way, please elaborate.

    Anyways, India's participation has got very deep rooted now than it was.

    The good part also remains, we are collaborating with the US/NATO, and Russia/CAR/Iran on Afghanistan all at the same time.
     

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