Taliban says it will ‘raise voice for Kashmir Muslims’

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: A Taliban spokesperson says that the group will “raise its voice for Muslims” in Indian-administered Kashmir.

In an interview with BBC Hindi, Suhail Shaheen said: “As Muslims, we also have a right to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India or any other country.”

Pakistan and India control different parts of the territory, but both of the countries claim it as wholly theirs.

There has been violence on the Indian-administered Kashmir for 30 years, because of a separatist insurgency.

The Taliban have declared victory in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US soldiers last month. The Islamist militia group are now in control and expected to announce a new government.

This is the first time Taliban has commented on Indian-administered Kashmir.

Taliban leader Anas Haqqani said in a recent interview: “Kashmir is not part of our jurisdiction and interference is against our policy.”

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, in another interview with a Pakistan-based channel, urged Pakistan and India to sit together to resolve all issues.

Mr Shaheen said that the Taliban “had no policy” of launching armed operations against any country.

Taliban’s intention about Kashmir Muslims comes at a time when India has raised concerns about Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu minorities under the Taliban, and there are rising concerns over what critics say is the rise in hate crimes against Muslims since 2014 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

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