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Are Taliban ‘terrorists’ or not? Make your mind: Omar jabs Modi government

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has taken a dig at the Indian govt after it initiated talks with Taliban in Qatar. Questioning India’s stand on the militant group, Omar Abdullah asked if the govt sees Taliban as ‘terrorists’ or not.

He further questioned that if Taliban are ‘terrorists’ then why is the India govt holding talks with them and if they are not ‘terrorists’ will India move United Nationals to get Taliban removed from the designated ‘terrorists’ organisations list.

“Either Taliban is a terror organisation or not, please clarify to us how you see them. If they are a terror group, why are you talking to them? If not then will you (Centre) move to United Nations and have it delisted as a terror organisation? Make up your mind,” Omar Abdullah said.

Abdullah’s comments came a day after India’s envoy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met top Taliban dealer Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai in Doha.

India has long maintained when it comes to talks with Pakistan about Kashmir that ‘terrorism and talks cannot go hand in hand.

During the meeting with the Taliban side, the Indian ambassador discussed the safety and early return of Indians stranded in the country, the external affairs ministry said.

Also, the travel of Afghan nations, especially the minorities, was also brought up during the talks. The ambassador had also emphasised that the Afghan soil should not be used for terrorist or anti-Indian activities, to which the Taliban representatives had assured that the issues would be addressed positively, the Indian foreign ministry said.16m

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has taken a dig at the Indian govt after it initiated talks with Taliban in Qatar. Questioning India’s stand on the militant group, Omar Abdullah asked if the govt sees Taliban as ‘terrorists’ or not.

He further questioned that if Taliban are ‘terrorists’ then why is the India govt holding talks with them and if they are not ‘terrorists’ will India move United Nationals to get Taliban removed from the designated ‘terrorists’ organisations list.

“Either Taliban is a terror organisation or not, please clarify to us how you see them. If they are a terror group, why are you talking to them? If not then will you (Centre) move to United Nations and have it delisted as a terror organisation? Make up your mind,” Omar Abdullah said.

Abdullah’s comments came a day after India’s envoy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met top Taliban dealer Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai in Doha.

India has long maintained when it comes to talks with Pakistan about Kashmir that ‘terrorism and talks cannot go hand in hand.

During the meeting with the Taliban side, the Indian ambassador discussed the safety and early return of Indians stranded in the country, the external affairs ministry said.

Also, the travel of Afghan nations, especially the minorities, was also brought up during the talks. The ambassador had also emphasised that the Afghan soil should not be used for terrorist or anti-Indian activities, to which the Taliban representatives had assured that the issues would be addressed positively, the Indian foreign ministry said.

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