Addressing a press conference, the firebrand Hyderabad MP also demanded that the government, given the fact that India currently headed the UN Committee on sanctions, give an assurance that none of the Taliban leaders will be delisted from the list of terrorists.
“Why do you raise suspicions (Shaq) over me with regard to Taliban? Was it Asaduddin Owaisi who had handed over jailed terrorists to secure the release of passengers of the hijacked plane in Kandahar,” said Owaisi in response to questions about some BJP leaders having dubbed him as a man of Talibani soch (mindset).
Owaisi said he has made his stance clear about the Taliban on the floor of Parliament but his words of caution were not heeded.
“During the debate on CAA, I had requested the government to consider making the Act religion-neutral, warning them of a possible takeover by the Taliban. But for that strategic blunder, we would have been in a position to grant safe asylum to Tajiks, Uzbeks, and members of other minority tribes,” said Owaisi.
He also said that the Taliban takeover would strengthen Pakistan and China while giving India a lot to worry about which was regrettable since India had invested a lot in Afghanistan.
“What the Modi government is doing is only sending emissaries to hold talks with Taliban representatives and it must have left the diplomats in the restive country to fend for themselves,” he alleged.
” Let the Modi government declare Taliban a terrorist organisation, if it means business. Let it also announce that no Talibani leader will be given legitimacy by being delisted from the list of global terrorists. I would like to see if it has the courage to do so,” Owaisi fumed. — PTI
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