Afghan Journal

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India talking to Taliban?

March 30, 2010

Taliban militants pose for a picture after joining the Afghan government's reconciliation and reintegration program, in Herat March 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammad ShioabIf the news reports are true, India’s willingness to talk to the Taliban would represent a seismic shift in strategy for New Delhi and underlines the concern that the Congress-led government has over Pakistan’s influence in any Afghan end game.

India has always publicly opposed any attempts at talks by the Western powers with the Taliban to bring them into any stability plan for Afghanistan — chiding the idea there was such a thing as a “soft side” to the insurgents.

But an Indian Express report said New Delhi was now¬†seeking out a “second generation” of Pashtun leaders like Nangarhar Governor Gul Agha Sherzai.

It also comes with a report that Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying that the group was not in direct conflict with India.

New Delhi has also been increasingly worried about Pakistan’s growing closeness with Washington, especially the meeting in Washington this month in which Pakistan reportedly pressured the United States to rein in Indian influence in Afghanistan.

By one account, Pakistan has also asked President Harmid Karzai to close two Indian consulates in Afghanistan. Islamabad says they harbour spies.

For years India has most relied on its contacts with the Northern Alliance and then Karzai to spread its influence in Afghanistan — its $1.3 billion of economic “soft power” aid.

But some comments from Karzai about Afghanistan and Pakistan being “twin brothers” may also hint that the Afghan leader is leaning towards Islamabad.

So from New Delhi’s point of view, it may make some tactical sense for India to start reaching out to other groups in Afghanistan, despite political opposition at home.

What is not in doubt is that India’s role in any end game in Afghanistan after the start of a U.S. troop withdrawal will be increasingly a key card in the modern Great Game.


Any guidance to a foolish that diverge him from the direction he is going, result in pumping his anger. I t hardly add to peace, so better to stay away from the foolish. India has been doing blunders in the past, still doing and may carry on till a leader with a strong bone take over.

Posted by Sharman | Report as abusive

Indian government is realy foolish. their all efforts will be useless. taliban will never acept their offer.


If India can talk to Pakistan, than what is wrong in talking to taliban? There is nothing wrong in talks, India should also talk to Hafeez Sayeed and Molana Azhar Masood and for that matter with all criminals worldwide who are reining terror on this country. If such talks fail India should have another round of talks when the new leaders come to power so that they can also claim that they believe in talking.
By the grasce of almighty, one day India will able to convince all terrorists (whether individuals/ orgainzations or nations) that the best path to follow is Ahimsa? Inshah Allah, hum honge kamyab!

Posted by skchadha | Report as abusive

Thats a good idea cause Taliban is never a enemy of India these idiots Pakistan is a real enemy people of India needs to understand that Pathans are always a friends of India and never a threat but these bastard Pakis are creating mistrust with the Taliban for personals gains.
See the kandahar hijacking case Taliban has said that they dont need bloodshed on their soil and even they warned that if they the hijacker starts killing people the Taliban will storm the plane and kill the hijackers which never happened and the people of India clearly misunderstood the Taliban.


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