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We have the right to raise voice for Muslims in Kashmir: Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen

In a video interview from the Taliban’s political office in Doha in Qatar through Zoom with BBC Urdu, Suhail Shaheen said that being Muslims, they have the right to raise their voice for Muslims in India, and any other country.

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Doha, First Published Sep 3, 2021, 10:45 AM IST
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Amid India's concern that Afghanistan territory might be used for anti-India activity under the Taliban regime, and India raising its voice for Hindus, minorities in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman for their political office in Qatar Sohail Shaheen said that the Taliban have the right to speak out in favour of the Muslims in Kashmir.

In a video interview from the Taliban’s political office in Doha in Qatar through Zoom with BBC Urdu, Suhail Shaheen said that being Muslims, they have the right to raise their voice for Muslims in India, and any other country.

Talking about the Doha Agreement with the US, he said that conducting armed operations against any country is not part of the Taliban's strategy. Speaking to Doha, Shaheen said, “As Muslims, we have the right to speak up for Muslims in Kashmir or any other country like India. We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are with you. According to your law, they are the same,” according to Geo News.

Shaheen remarks are in contrast with the group's earlier statements on Kashmir. Days after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban had said Kashmir is a "bilateral and an internal matter".

Earlier, in a debate on Pakistani TV, Neelam Irshad Sheikh, spokesperson of Pakistan’s ruling party PTI had stated, “The Taliban have said that they are with us and they will (liberate) Kashmir.”

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To a question about the Haqqani network, spokesperson Shaheen said there was “no such group” and they were “a part of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”.

Shaheen said, “there is no separate group named Haqqani network, as they are part of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Notably Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is the deputy chief of the Taliban and they have been given the responsibility of Kabul security by the Taliban. 

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