The Taliban entered at least two of India’s consulates in Afghanistan on Wednesday, searched for documents, and removed parked vehicles, government sources said today, expressing worry that it implied the group is acting against the assurances its leaders have been providing for the world.
Members from the Taliban “ransacked” the Indian consulates in Kandahar and Herat, which are closed, according to the sources. They “searched closets” in Kandahar for papers and took away vehicles parked at both the consulates.
“We expected this. They ransacked the place searched documents and also took away our parked vehicles from both embassies,”
Days before the raid, the Taliban had connected with Delhi, saying that didn’t need India to clear ambassadors from its Kabul consulate. Sources say the public authority had gotten messages from the gathering’s Qatar office guaranteeing them of the wellbeing of Indian staff and security workforce.
The messages – sent from the workplace of Abbas Stanikzai, the head of the Taliban’s political unit – were directed through contacts in Kabul and Delhi.
Recently, India completed a troublesome clearing of its embassy staff in two Indian Air Force C-17 airplanes that flew out of Kabul. India’s representative to Afghanistan was also brought back as diplomats and civilians scrambled to get out of the country after the Taliban’s takeover. But over 1,000 Indian nationals are still stuck across Afghanistan.
After its breakneck takeover of the Afghan capital, the Taliban has been completing the door-to-door searches in Kabul to identify Afghans who worked for the National Directorate of Security, the state-run intelligence agency.
An intelligence document for the UN has also revealed door-to-door Taliban looks for peoples who worked with the US and NATO forces, as indicated by news office AFP.
India worked in four consulates in the country, besides the embassy in Kabul. Aside from Kandahar and Herat, India also had a consulate in Mazar-I-Sharif, which was closed down days before the Taliban took control. The consulate in Kabul isn’t formally closed; it is working with nearby assistance.
The “targeted searches” have raised fears that the group, which has launched a PR barrage and has asserted total absolution for rivals, doesn’t intend to stick to its word.
New Delhi is also worried about the help the support is getting from various terror organizations.
Taliban “Ransacked” 2 Indian Missions, Took Away Cars: Government SourcesThe government’s intelligence sources reveal the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released a statement on the Taliban victory, “praising and congratulating the group on its emancipation in Afghanistan”. Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham in Syria also released an official statement in support of the Taliban. “The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) based in western China has also issued a statement congratulating the Taliban. Events are unfolding at a very high pace – we are keeping a watch,” a senior government source said.