The Taliban claimed on Friday this week that it had taken control of 85 percent of Afghanistan’s territory.
The Taliban said that the border with Iran and Turkmenistan was under its control.
After 20 years of unfinished fighting, America is withdrawing its troops and this withdrawal will be completed by the month of August. The US has set the last deadline of September 11 for this.
Taliban spokesman Zabiluh Mujahid told AFP news agency that their fighters had taken control of Islam Qala, a border town with Iran. Although the government of Afghanistan is not saying anything clear on the whole matter.
Despite this, US President Joe Biden has defended his decision. Biden has said that maintaining the status quo is not the solution to the Afghanistan problem. Biden has said that he does not want to send the next generation of America to the war of Afghanistan. Biden has said that Afghans can decide their own future.
India’s consulates closing down
The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and the growing influence of the Taliban seems to have a profound effect on India.
On Sunday, the English newspaper ‘The Hindu’ published a report on the front page that in view of the increasing influence of the Taliban, India has decided to temporarily close its consulate in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
According to the newspaper report, about 50 diplomats and security personnel have been brought back from an Indian Air Force flight.
Indian officials from the newspaper said that the Government of India has taken this step as a precaution. The Taliban was headquartered in Kandahar in the 1990s and there are reports that the Taliban are once again moving towards taking control of Kandahar.
As of now, India’s embassy in Kabul and another consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif are not closed. But experts are apprehensive that if the Taliban continues to grow like this, it will not be easy to keep the Indian embassy in Kabul safe.
Recently, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in an interview to Afghanistan’s news channel ‘Tolo News’ that India and Afghanistan do not seem to have a border, yet India has opened four consulates in Afghanistan.
Earlier in April 2020, the Indian government suspended the work of its consulates in Jalalabad and Herat and recalled the staff.
foreign ministry clarification
On Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs of India has also issued a statement on the whole matter. Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “India continues to watch the growing security concerns in Afghanistan. The safety of our personnel is of paramount importance. The Indian Consulate in Kandahar is not closed. However, Indian personnel have been brought back due to the escalating violence near Kandahar city. This is a temporary step.”
“The consulate will continue to function through local staff. Afghanistan is our valued partner and India is committed to its sovereignty, peace and democracy.
On the whole matter, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Fareed Mamundzai, in a conversation with the Indian media, he understands India’s concern.
Farid Mamundzai told CNN News18, “The government of Afghanistan does not want any consulates or embassies to be closed but we also understand the concerns of countries that are calling their diplomatic staff.
response from pakistan
There is also a lot of reaction from Pakistan on the return of Indian consulate personnel from Kandahar. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said on Sunday that India had to face embarrassment in Afghanistan.
He said that India has no other option but to call back its employees from Afghanistan. Sheikh Rashid also said that unless there is stability in Afghanistan, Chinese investment there will not prove to be very beneficial.
Retweeting a tweet by Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, Abdul Basit, who was Pakistan’s ambassador to India, wrote, “I wish India was sensitive and did not use Afghanistan for terrorist activities against Pakistan. Along with this, some maturity should also be shown in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. India’s arrogance is the reason for the instability of the entire region. Quad is an example of this.
Priyanka Chaturvedi has said in her tweet about the increasing influence of Taliban in Afghanistan, “Apart from the increasing influence of Taliban in Afghanistan and its friendship with Pakistan, the growing proximity to China is a threat not only to India but also to other countries. There is danger. The growing power of the fundamentalists will outweigh all the good things in the region.
On the other hand, Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar has targeted India in a conversation with Pakistani channel ARY regarding the increasing influence of Taliban in Afghanistan.
He said about India, “India has invested in Afghanistan to target Pakistan. Right now, when the situation in Afghanistan is changing, India’s trouble is visible. Now India will put all the charges on Pakistan but its propaganda is not going to work now.
The news of the withdrawal of personnel from the Indian Consulate in Kandahar has found a prominent place in the Pakistani media. Dawn and The Express Tribune have featured this prominently. Afghanistan’s Tolo News wrote that the Taliban launched an attack on Kandahar on Friday and took control of at least two security posts. According to Tolo News, the Taliban has taken control of seven districts of Kandahar.
According to media reports, India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Rudendra Tandon spoke to Afghanistan’s Defense Minister Bismillah Khan this week regarding security. The Government of India is very concerned about the changing situation in Afghanistan.
Russia also closed consulates
Not only is India worried about security in Afghanistan, but last week Russia also announced the closure of its consulate in northern Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif. Earlier this month, China also recalled 210 of its citizens from Afghanistan.
America has withdrawn 90 percent of its soldiers. President Biden has said that all US troops will be back by August 31. Earlier this month, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to The Hindu that the US had completely failed in its Afghanistan mission.
India has invested heavily in the construction of Afghanistan’s infrastructure. But all this was possible due to the presence of American soldiers and the presence of a democratic government.
It is being said that now when the command of Afghanistan comes in the hands of Taliban, the road will not be easy for India. The relations between the Taliban and Pakistan have always been disputed, but the Taliban has so far been against India. This is an obvious fact. In such a situation, the arrival of Taliban in Afghanistan is no less than a setback for India.
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