National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah has said that India should talk to the Taliban as it has invested heavily in Afghanistan.
When we’ve invested so much in the country so what’s the harm in keeping relations with them, he asked.
Talking to news agency ANI, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said, “Taliban is in power in Afghanistan now. India spent billions on different projects during the last regime in Afghanistan. We should talk to the current Afghan regime. When we have invested so much in the country so what’s the harm in keeping relations with them?”
Earlier this month, the NC supremo had said he hopes the Taliban delivers good governance and respect human rights in Afghanistan.
“I hope they (Taliban) will deliver good governance and follow Islamic principles in that country (Afghanistan) and respect human rights. They should try to develop friendly relations with every country,” he said while responding to the question on Afghanistan.
Besides Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti has also given several statements on the Taliban.
In the first week of September, she had said that the Taliban must set an example for the world to follow that form of Sharia law where women’s rights are respected and shun their interpretation of the Sharia law.
Last week, she had accused the BJP of politics over the issues of Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan to garner votes.
Meanwhile, India and the US have called on the Taliban to adhere to its commitments and respect the human rights of all Afghans, including women, children and minority groups.
In a US-India Joint Leaders’ Statement issued after the first in-person bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Friday, the two leaders said that the Taliban must ensure that Afghanistan’s territory is never again used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists.