Pradeep Bhattacharya is a Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal. He had asked questions from the Ministry of External Affairs regarding the Indian government’s stand on the Taliban and resolving the issue in Afghanistan. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, while replying in Parliament, said that as a close neighbor and strategic partner, India has a firm policy of supporting a sovereign, democratic and peaceful Afghanistan. India’s policy is that of an Afghanistan where the interests of all sections of the Afghan society, including women, children and minorities, are protected.
India favors solution through peace
Muraleedharan further said that India supports all peace initiatives that lead to a permanent political solution through an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled process. This will bring peace and stability in the region. External Affairs Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar had participated in the inaugural session of the Intra-Afghan Dialogue held in Doha in September 2020.
Responding to a question on what the Indian government is doing in collaboration with other countries to resolve Afghanistan’s issues, Muraleedharan said the Indian government is in touch with several stakeholders within and outside Afghanistan, including regional and international partners.
In recent days, the Taliban have intensified attacks on Afghan security forces as well as civilians. The Taliban claim that they now control two-thirds of Afghanistan. Plagued by the Taliban, people of Kandahar are fleeing and taking refuge in a refugee camp set up by the Afghan government.