Stop military aid to Kabul: Taliban to India

The statement was issued by the Taliban earlier this month ahead of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Published:September 15, 2016 1:18 am
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The Afghan Taliban have issued a statement warning India to stop providing military aid and aircraft to Kabul.

The statement was issued by the Taliban earlier this month ahead of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India.

Afghanistan has been demanding increased defence supplies, including lethal weapons, from India, and Ghani is expected to present a shopping list for arms and ammunition to equip the Afghan police and armed forces.

Last year, India gave four Mi-25 attack helicopters to the war-torn country.

A statement released by Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, “Reports circulating in the media state that India will be providing military aid to the Kabul administration in form of aircraft and other equipment.”

“This is the severalth time that India is giving the stooge Kabul administration military aid and it is an obvious fact that such weapons will be used to kill our people, oppress our nation and destroy our homes and public welfare structures, a good example of which is Puli Alchin bridge in Kunduz recently destroyed by regime helicopters that were provided by the Indian government,” the statement said.

Calling on India to “stop exporting items of killing and destruction to Afghanistan”, it said, “Providing the Kabul administration with such deadly weapons cannot be interpreted as friendship with the people of our country… The Islamic Emirate condemns this action with the strongest of terms…”

The statement warned, “If anyone wishes to strengthen the Kabul stooge administration with military aid during occupation, this cannot be interpreted as anything other than enmity with the Afghans and shall arouse hatred of the people of Afghanistan.”