Ready to deal with terrorism spilling out of Afghanistan: Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat said that as the insurgency spread from Afghanistan to India, India would be treated in the same way as it is currently dealing with terrorism. He also said that India would welcome additional support in the form of intelligence input as it is playing its part in fighting the global war on terrorism.
“As far as Afghanistan is concerned, we will see to it that any activity that flows from Afghanistan and has the potential to enter India is treated in a way that deals with terrorism in our country,” Rawat said. The event of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) ‘The India-US Partnership: Securing the 21st Century’ was quoted by news agency ANI. His request was diverted to the quad nations. He was accompanied by Commander Admiral John Aquilino, the US Indo-Pacific Commander.
Rawat said India had anticipated that the Taliban would take over Afghanistan. India made it clear at the United Nations Human Rights Council session on Tuesday that it expects Afghanistan soil not to be used to promote terrorist activities aimed at creating instability in the region.
Indramani Pandey, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva, explained that New Delhi hopes that the rights of Afghan women, the aspirations of Afghan children, and the rights of minorities will be respected. India has also provided shelter to Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn country after being besieged by the Taliban.
However, the Taliban last week unofficially requested India to maintain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. Senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekjoy said Indian officials were aware of the concerns of Indian officials and diplomats in the country, the HT report said. Stanekzoy responded to concerns that fighters from Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) were deployed at checkpoints set up by the Taliban on their way to Kabul International Airport.
The Taliban, which has full control over Afghanistan, is expected to announce its cabinet on August 31, the last day for US and NATO forces to evacuate Afghanistan. The U.S. Army and NATO forces, which entered the country and once ousted the Taliban, have demanded that the Taliban evacuate the country by August 31.