Taliban Terms China As Friend Of Afghanistan, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Islamic Militants From XinjiangTaliban terrorists (The New Indian Express)

Terrorist outfit Taliban has said that it perceived China as a ‘friend’ of Afghanistan and has confirmed that it will not host any Uyghur Islamic militants from the Xinjiang province.

It has assured that it will not permit the Uyghur fighters to enter Afghanistan and expressed hopes of holding discussions with Beijing regarding swift investments in reconstruction work.

This assertion comes amidst the Taliban’s declaration that it has gained control over 85 per cent of the territory in Afghanistan.

China is concerned about the Taliban’s rule paving the way for the war-torn country to become a hotbed for the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) linked to Al-Qaeda and is causing revolt and insurgency in Xinjiang.

However, the Taliban has mentioned that it will prohibit any terrorist group, including Al-Qaeda, in their region.

“We have been to China many times and we have good relations with them. China is a friendly country and we welcome it for reconstruction and developing Afghanistan. If (the Chinese) have investments, of course, we will ensure their safety,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told South China Morning Post, as quoted in a report by Business Standard.

Meanwhile, China has been critical of the US troop pullout from Afghanistan and has, in turn, asked Pakistan to expedite coordination to curb the risks regarding security in the country in the wake of the recent developments.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber