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Rishikesh Kumar. Sputnik International
India is concerned about the spread of terrorist activity in India from Afghanistan after the United States withdrew from the country.
Pakistani group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) may step up terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir over the next two to three months, an Indian intelligence report suggests.
According to the report, the group’s operational commander, Abdul Rauf Azhar, younger brother of JeM leader Masood Azhar, called on the group commanders to step up their activities focused on Jammu and Kashmir in the coming days.
The report comes days after Jaish’s leader met with Taliban * leaders in Kandahar last week to seek Taliban support for their “India-centric operations.”
On Tuesday, Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met with Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Taliban political bureau in Doha. It was the first official meeting between a representative of the Indian government and the Taliban.
“Ambassador Mittal expressed India’s concern that Afghan soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any way,” the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the Taliban had responded positively.
India has been on high alert since the Taliban quickly took control of Kabul on August 15. Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the situation in Afghanistan has become a challenge for the country.
However, Singh expressed confidence that the remaining terrorist threat will also end due to improved security and government policy. At least 121 terrorists have been killed this year and Narendra Modi’s government noted in parliament that infiltration from the border with Pakistan has also fallen to zero since the ceasefire agreement implemented in February of This year.
* terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries