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EAM S Jaishankar says Indians’ safe return from Afghanistan top priority


New Delhi: India’s focus is on ensuring security in Afghanistan and the safe return of Indian nationals, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday. He said that like everybody else, India is carefully following the developments in Afghanistan.

Jaishankar was speaking at the UN Security Council in answer to the question, “how will India deal with Taliban”.

He was also asked if India had had any communication with the Taliban in recent days.

“We are looking at what is the situation in Kabul. Obviously, the Taliban and its representatives have come to Kabul. So, we need to take it on from there,” Jaishankar added.

The EAM added that India’s investment in Afghanistan reflects the country’s historical relationship with the Afghans. “That relation with Afghan people obviously continues. That will guide our approach to Afghanistan in the coming days,” he said.

Jaishankar also interacted with his British counterpart Dominic Raab on the developments in Afghanistan and the immediate challenges rising thereof.

No democracy in Afghanistan: Taliban

A senior Taliban leader, Waheedullah Hashimi, said that the government in Afghanistan would be based on Sharia laws and that there would be no democratic system as it does not have a base in the country. The country may be governed by a ruling council. Hashimi added that Haibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s supreme leader, would likely remain in overall charge. He may probably have a role above the head of the council akin to a country’s president.

The group may also reach out to former pilots and soldiers from Afghan armed forces to join its ranks, he added.



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