Taliban representative, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, who met Indian Ambassador Deepak Mittal, India’s envoy in Qatar, has received training under the Indian Army decades ago. One of the seven persons who call the shots in the Taliban setup, Stanikzai is a key diplomat of the insurgent group.
This is the first time India has admitted to having made diplomatic contact with the Taliban.
Ambassador Mittal met Stanikzai, who is head of the Taliban’s Political Office in Qatar, according to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs. They met at the Indian Embassy in Doha, the statement said.
Stanikzai trained with the Indian Army between 1979 and 1982, three years in the Army Cadet College, Nowgaon, as a jawan and then as an officer at Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
He is a rare Taliban leader who is fluent in English language and is well travelled, especially during his stint as Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister when the terrorist group last controlled that country.
In 1996, he had visited Washington DC on a failed mission to convince President Bill Clinton’s administration to acknowledge the Taliban government, according to a Bloomberg report. He also led delegations to China, it said. Stanikzai was also a key negotiator in the talks that were held with officials of the earlier Afghanistan government.
In today’s talks, India focused on safety, security, and the early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan. It also raised concern over Afghanistan’s soil being used for anti-India activities and terrorism.
Our Air Force! Video of body dangling from aircraft
Taliban hanging someone from a helicopter in Kandahar pic.twitter.com/TwCkVzUrnL
— Old Holborn® (@Holbornlolz) August 30, 2021
A body dangled from a US military chopper being flown by the Taliban, reportedly over Kandahar in Afghanistan, in a chilling video shared on Tuesday by several journalists and what the Taliban claims is their official handle. However, the authenticity of the video is not confirmed. Many neizens did wonder whether “the body” was in fact a dummy or someone being lowered down to safety.
.The “Talib Times” – its Twitter bio calls it “the English language official account of Islamic Emirate Afghanistan” – claimed that the chopper was “patrolling the city”, without once mentioning the body hanging on a rope from the US Black Hawk.
Our Air Force!
At this time, the Islamic Emirate’s air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city.
— Talib Times (@TalibTimes)