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Monday, March 29, 2010

Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Shri Tarun Vijay

Monday, 29 March 2010

News reports quoting authentic sources have indicated that the government of India is changing its Afghan policy and has shown willingness to talk to the Taliban and the Hizb-e-Islami group headed by Gulbuddin Hikmetyar.

This needs government’s clarification. If true, as the report suggests, the shift in India’s Afghan policy must be explained to the people and foreign minister must answer the raison d’être` of showing a willingness to have a dialogue with the regressive elements that have been working for the ISI and their anti-India operations have bled us for the last two decades.

Talking to Taliban reverses all that India has stood so far. They are Osama’s men, they push their women behind veils and stop them from going to schools, their world is a world of darkness, far removed from that of democracy and pluralism, bringing the society to medieval ages. They survive on drug money and their main sources of support include, principally Pakistan’s ISI. Their Jihad against India is too well known.

Its naïve to plan a post-US strategy believing US may leave Afghanistan very soon. So far India has invested more than 1.2 billion dollars in Afghanistan. It is logical that we should know what India wants to achieve there, where continuously Indian role has been marginalized by an overpowering US presence and its actions.

Besides this, Gulbuddin Hikmetyar’s group Hizb e Islam is reduced to a no-consequence conglomeration of a few without any influence. Its noteworthy that Hezbi-Islami was founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, in Pakistan in 1975 with ISI and CIA help to fight the Soviet liberation of Afghanistan. Reports say that since the events of September 11, 2001 Hekmatyar, an ethnic Pashtun, formed an anti-coalition alliance with Taliban leader Muhammad Omar and the remnants of the al Qaeda group in the country. He was designated a terrorist by the U.S. in February 2003 for his past support to al Qaeda. On 19 February 2003 it was announced that the US Government had information indicating that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has participated in and supported terrorist acts committed by al-Qa’ida and the Taliban. Because of his terrorist activity, the United States designated Hekmatyar as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Indian intelligence intercepts also revealed that ISI officials were in constant touch with not just LeT but also other groups in Afghanistan to carry out attacks against Indians and Indian establishments in Afghanistan. The first of these was in Kunar in September last year in which LeT played host to ISI, Taliban leaders and other groups like Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) which is headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an ISI lackey and rabid India-baiter.

These are the same people who indulge in giving summary punishments like stoning to death, execute by hanging from the lampposts, destroy Bamiyan. They were responsible for the killings of Indians in Kabul. Should they be engaged in a dialogue with the government of India?

Indian strategy, if there exists one for Afghanistan and Pakistan must be primarily to safeguard Indian interests and to ensure annihilation of anti-Indian terror groups. Not the dialogue with bloodthirsty elements. After failure on Headley issue and a meaningless dialogue with Pakistan under US pressure, engaging Taliban comes as another shocking feature of UPA's unending compromises with the anti-India elements.

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