‘Clarify to us, are they terrorists or not?’: Omar Abdullah on India-Taliban talks

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National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today took a dig at India initiating talks with the Taliban.

He sought clarity on the Union government’s approach towards the new regime in the neighbourhood — whether they are viewed as terrorists or not.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister reportedly asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to make up its mind on the matter.

“Either Taliban is a terror organisation or not. Please clarify to us how you see them,” Abdullah said, according to an ANI report.

“If they’re a terror group why are you talking to them? If not then will you move to United Nations and have them delisted as a terror organisation? Make up your mind.”

His comments came a day after India reportedly opened formal diplomatic talks with representatives of Afghanistan’s new rulers. India’s envoy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met key Taliban diplomat Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, in at the Indian Embassy in Doha.

Taliban terrorists took power in the strife-hit nation last week following the withdrawal of US-led security forces from that country. Commenting on the massive drawback, Mr Abdullah had tweeted saying, “I don’t grudge the US their departure from Afghanistan but this wasn’t the way to leave.”

Meanwhile, a day before the Kashmir leader’s latest comment, his father, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, had taken an apparent crack at the Indian government saying it must not delude itself that things were normal in the Union Territory, long known for its insurgency problem.

Laying emphasis on providing enough security to grassroot leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah Senior, said, “These panchayat members are the targets of militants and they need to be protected. Don’t live in a cuckoo world and think everything is hunky-dory. We still face militancy and god knows what will happen in future.”

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