Taking a dig at Taliban, Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib called it a proxy of Pakistan and its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). “If it was all about submission, we could have done that with the Soviet Union. At least, they were much better than Taliban as they were building infrastructure in our country,” he said. “Afghanistan will never accept to be ruled by Pakistanis, if we did not accept super power Soviet’s rule then it would be beyond imagination to accept the proxy of a backward country which has hard time feeding its own people”, NSA Mohib added.
#WATCH : Afghanistan's NSA: Taliban are a proxy of Pakistan&its intelligence agency. Afghanistan would never accept to be ruled by Pak. If we didn't accept Soviet rule,it would be beyond imagination to accept proxy of a backward country which has hard time feeding its own people. pic.twitter.com/vxDyhykIyR— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2019
Last month, US President Donald Trump had said that Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban are “dead”. Speaking to reporters at the White House Trump said the United States had hit the group harder in the last four days than any time in 10 years. “They (talks with the Taliban) are dead. As far as I’m concerned, they’re dead,” he said.
On the other hand, India and Afghanistan share cordial relations with each other. India has been putting constant efforts to bring peace in the war-torn country. Addressing Atlantic Council, a top American think-tank on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “India has a relationship with that country (Afghanistan), with that society, which is historical. It was there. It’ll keep continuing. It will be in the future as well. But at this time, it doesn’t make sense for me that India should advance prescriptions. India can have an approach.”
However, the Taliban now controls more territory in Afghanistan ever since it was ousted by the US-led forces in 2001. The Taliban also do not recognize the legitimacy of Afghan government and has refused to hold direct talks with the Afghan government until a US deal is agreed.