India Opens Communication Channels With Taliban

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KABUL: According to a report published on Wednesday by Hindustan Times, Indian officials have opened communication channels with Afghan Taliban leaders including the group’s deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Abdul Ghani Bradar.



India’s shifting its position of not engaging with Taliban significantly by reaching to Taliban leaders who are considered nationalist or outside the influence of Pakistan and Iran, citing a source to the Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity.



The source also asserted the communications were limited to message exchanges between Mullah Baradar and Indian officials, no meetings have taken place so far, despite lack of trust, India contacted other Taliban factions as well.



The source made it clear that the outreach did not include the Haqqani Network or members of the Quetta Shura, who are seen as proxies of the Pakistani military, the report added.
There has been no official response to the report by Indian government so far. The Taliban also did not comment on the regard yet.