Taliban leader warns India not to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs

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Dilwar also underlined that Taliban want peaceful ties with all the countries based on mutual respect…reports Asian Lite News

Prominent Taliban leader Shahabuddin Dilwar, in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement casting doubt on the sustainability of a new regime in Afghanistan, has said India will soon know that the Taliban can run the country’s affairs smoothly, Pakistan daily Dawn reported.

Dawn said the statement from the Taliban leader came a week after Modi commented on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, saying “empires created out of terror can dominate for some time, but their existence is never permanent as they cannot suppress humanity forever”.

The Indian premier, in a veiled criticism of the Taliban, had said: “The destroying powers, the thinking that builds an empire on the basis of terror, may dominate for some time in a period of time, but its existence is never permanent, it cannot suppress humanity for a long time.”

Reacting to Modi’s statement in an exclusive conversation with Radio Pakistan correspondent Bilal Khan Mehsud in Kabul on Thursday, Dilwar warned India not to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

Dilwar said Pakistan is a neighbour of Afghanistan and a friendly country, as he thanked it for hosting over three million Afghan refugees. “We are thankful to Pakistan for its services… For the welfare of the refugees,” he added.

Dilwar also underlined that Taliban want peaceful ties with all the countries based on mutual respect.

Meanwhile, India strongly condemned the explosion outside Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Thursday, said the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement.

“India strongly condemns the bomb blasts in Kabul today. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured. Today’s attacks reinforce the need for the world to stand unitedly against terrorism and all those who provide sanctuaries to terrorists,” the statement said.

Four US Marines are among the 35 people who were reportedly killed in twin bomb blasts outside Kabul airport on Thursday. The first blast was reported at the Abbey Gate in Kabul airport while the second one was near the Baron Hotel.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed the development saying that “a number of US service members” were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the terror attack near Hamid Karzai International Airport and expressed his support for the victims of the blast.

Meanwhile, the US embassy has issued a fresh warning in Kabul.

Back in Washington, US President Joe Biden met with top officials of his administration on Thursday as two explosions were reported in Kabul. Biden met with his national security team this morning, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff Mark Milley, and commanders on the ground. Meanwhile, the Taliban has condemned the bombing of civilians at Kabul airport after reports suggested that an ISIS suicide bomber was responsible for the explosion outside the Kabul airport.

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