BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra said that there were no official talks with Taliban, Abdullah misleading people.
Former Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took a jibe at Indian government over sharing stage with Taliban in Moscow.
- Russia invited India for a meeting on Afghanistan
- Representatives of Taliban were also invited
- BJP retorts saying no talks officially with Taliban
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah has questioned the Indian government’s move of sharing the stage with the Taliban at a “non-official level” in Moscow. Taliban’s representatives are expected to be at the meeting.
Abdullah asked why cannot then the Union government led by Narendra Modi have a similar “non-official” discussion with non-mainstream leaders in India’s Jammu and Kashmir.
Abdullah questioned the parameter with which government opted to accept this invitation while keeping a distance from Kashmir’s secessionist leaders.
BJP was quick to retort stating Abdullah is misleading people and India is “not in talks with Taliban in any form and simply invited as part of a reconciliation team for peace measures in Afghanistan”.
BJP government and also newly appointed governor Satyapal Malik contended that groups like Hurriyat are Pakistan’s agents and hence cannot be brought on the same table for discussions. After several failed talks, now the government has maintained that Hurriyat cannot be seen as stakeholder till it works at the behest of Pakistan.
Responding to a tweet of former CM, BJP’s spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “Omar Abdullah is misleading people and provoking. J&K is an integral part of India but Omar keeps encouraging talks with separatists groups and raking the autonomy issue. We are not talking to the Taliban in any form, so why talk with secessionists in Kashmir? Talks will happen, only with stakeholders who believe in Indian constitution. “
Patra added, “Organisers invited India. NO TALKS OFFICIALLY with Taliban. We feel proud that Afghanistan feels India can have a role in peace measures in country. Absolutely wrong to say that India talking to Taliban.”