A close examination of the various religious organisations based in Pakistan indicates that there is a growing rhetoric among them favouring the Taliban victory in Afghanistan. Such strong narrative can indeed be damaging to the interest of Pakistan and the region at large.
Chief of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-lslam (S) and Difa-e-Pakistan Council Maulana Hamid-ul-Haq Haqqani termed the victory of the Taliban as the victory of the ideology of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq and his thoughts and announced that next Friday, on 27 August they would observe ‘Youm-e-Tashkkur’, that is thanking Allah for the victory of the Taliban. Maulana Hamid said that the world shouldn’t force its so-called democratic system on Afghanistan, as the Taliban had learnt a lot in the last 20 years. Maulana Hamid demanded that the world should immediately acknowledge the government of the Taliban and revive diplomatic ties. Maulana Hamid was addressing a gathering at the Lahore Press Club after a session of Shura of JUI.
The Maulana further thanked Allah for the latest development in Afghanistan and said that by announcing amnesty to all, the Taliban have won the hearts of Afghan people, the world forces were playing with blood and fear in Afghanistan for the last 40 years and there were pro-India and American governments in Kabul for 20 years. He mentioned that the Taliban have freed their country from the occupied forces and have entered Kabul peacefully. The people have welcomed them, if there would have been contradictions in saying and deeds of the Taliban, they would have not won this victory, he said.
In addition, Maulana Haq has announced that on November 2 in commemoration of the death of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, major conferences will be held in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. In these conferences, the Taliban leaders will also be invited. On this occasion, rallies will be carried out across the nation.
Maulana said that they thanked Rabta Alami Islami for extending support to the Taliban. The borders of Pakistan will be secure now after the government of the Taliban has taken-over in Afghanistan. Haq said that they will try and form a religious alliance in Pakistan and if all religious forces unite then Pakistan can be like a state of Madina in the true sense of it. Prior to the press conference, Maulana Hamid had said in the Shura of the JUI that they will call a session of religious and political parties to discuss the Afghan issue and to extend support to the Taliban. In the session, problems and difficulties faced by the Taliban will be given attention.
Separately, Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat, an alliance of 13 major religious parties has issued a statement (Aug 22) and rejected a resolution of the European Union about ending Khatm-e-Nabuwat Laws or making it ineffective or releasing accused of blasphemy. The TKN mentioned that the EU resolution was an open interference in the laws of Pakistan and a violation of the international laws. The European Union resolution had hurt religious sentiments of 22 crore Pakistanis, the statement mentioned. They further demanded that the EU should apologize and withdraw the resolution and mentioned that any conspiracy on the Khatm-e-Nabuwat will be an attack on the faith of 2 billion Muslims.
Modi, Putin discuss bilateral ties, Afghanistan situation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in New Delhi on Monday during the 21st annual India-Russia summit and discussed the emerging security challenges facing the region.
After welcoming Putin, Modi said: “Our meeting today will strengthen our special and privileged strategic partnership. The initiatives that we take today will further increase the scope of our cooperation to new areas.”
Modi, who hosted Putin at the Hyderabad House in the national capital, said the Covid-19 pandemic could not dent the relationship between both the nations and the ties continue to strengthen between the two countries.
He said the relationship between India and Russia is truly a unique and reliable model of interstate friendship, even when the world has witnessed many fundamental changes and different kinds of geopolitical equations emerged in the last few decades.
Putin said that Russia perceives India as a great power, a friendly nation, and a time-tested friend.
“The relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future,” said the Russian President.
Putin also expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan, and termed “fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime” as the key challenges on which both the countries will have to cooperate.
“We continue to cooperate jointly on a global agenda. Our positions are quite similar in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime,” Putin said.
“It is natural that we’re concerned about the developments in Afghanistan,” Putin said in his opening remarks.
Earlier in the day, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had their Russian counterparts Sergey Lavrov and General Sergey Shoigu, respectively. They discussed key bilateral, regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
India, Russia discuss bilateral, regional, int’l issues
Top officials from India and Russia discussed key bilateral, regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, during their meetings here on Monday.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met their Russian counterparts Sergey Lavrov and General Sergey Shoigu, respectively.
During the bilateral talks with Lavrov, Jaishankar said: “India-Russia partnership is unique. We are very conscious that in a world of rapid geopolitical changes, it has in fact been remarkably steady and strong.”
In his opening remarks at the meeting, he said: “I would like to also take the opportunity to underline that we are very satisfied with our bilateral relations and the state of our cooperation.”
Jaishankar also said that the annual India-Russia summit is a unique event, adding that that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President President Vladimir Putin share a relationship of great trust and confidence.
“The annual summit is taking place after a gap of two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to some very significant outcomes from the summit,” the External Affairs Minister added.
During the meeting between Rajnath Singh and General Shoigu, they signed defence agreements.
“Defence cooperation is one of the most important pillars of our partnership. I hope the India-Russia partnership will bring peace to the entire region and provide stability to the region,” Rajnath said.
He also said that the annual India-Russia Summit amidst today’s emerging geopolitical circumstances will once again reconfirm the critical importance of special strategic partnership between the two nations.
“India and Russia relations are time-tested, based on a common interest in multilateralism, global peace, prosperity and mutual understanding and trust.”
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Modi and Putin will begin the summit talks at 5.30 p.m.
Clash at Afghanistan-Iran border a misunderstanding: Taliban
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has confirmed a clash between the border forces of Iran and Afghanistan and described the incident as a “misunderstanding.”
According to media reports, a clash broke out between the forces of the two countries at a border point between Iran and Afghanistan’s western Nimroz province.
“The clash in border area of Kang district in Nimroz province between border forces of Afghan and Iran was a misunderstanding at local level and has been solved,” Mujahid tweeted on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
“To prevent such incidents in future, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has issued necessary directives,” Mujahid said.
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