On 31 August 2021, hours after the remainder of the US troops left Afghanistan, al-Qaeda hailed the Taliban for its triumph in Kabul. In an assertion, the assailant bunch required the “freedom” of Kashmir, Somalia, Yemen, and other “Islamic terrains.

The Taliban are so far centered around administering Afghanistan. However, their takeover could embolden Pakistan-based terrorist organisations to move forward action in the Valley. Formally, Taliban’s stand is that Kashmir is a reciprocal issue among India and Pakistan and Taliban play no part in it at all. , Pakistan Army is attempting to sell its “new dream of duplicity and façade” that after Kabul, “Srinagar is the new combat zone for Taliban.” But officially, Taliban’s stand is that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and Taliban have no role in it whatsoever.

Since the time the Taliban captured Kabul, there has been an overall apprehension among a huge segment of individuals in the Valley that the Taliban would advance into the Valley to assist militants. Let us emphasis on Kashmir here, and see if Taliban has any shot to call for whatsoever in the Valley?

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen (L) and Dal Lake (R)

In an explanation of their stand-i on Kashmir,Taliban leader Anas Haqqani said: “Kashmir is not part of our jurisdiction and interference is against our policy.” It will hardly take any chance against India but when it comes to Pakistan supporting Taliban, Pakistan might try to re-route some Taliban Fighters and allies towards the valley. Therefore presence of some Taliban men in disguise cannot be ruled out in valley. It is evident that Pakistan always explores the sentiments of Kashmiris trying to sell its fake propaganda against the Nation through various means of digital era. Today majority of the Kashmiris are not aware of the history of Afghan rule in valley because of non-availability of data on digital media. Majority of the Kashmiris are aware of the Pakistan situation and how they are fooled with the fake propaganda.

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How Kashmir differ from Taliban…Religious beliefs and Islam plays a majority role in Kashmir and Afghanistan as the former practices Sufism. Kashmir still has shrines of great Sufi saints whereas Taliban denounce them for being a source of Shirk (ascribing partners to Allah) and Bidah (Innovation). The Taliban forced further limitations on female regional government representatives in Afghanistan’s capital banning numerous from getting back to work whereas many Kashmiri Women are scripting their success stories in the field of sports, arts, business, culture etc.

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Next is the difference in the taste of music. Taliban has denounced music as Haraam in Islam whereas young youths has taken the valley’s customary music to a worldwide stage through online media and has turned into a motivation for the young people of the valley.

Sufi music in Kashmir struggles for survival
Kashmir & Sufi Music

Taliban as seen has no future for the youths whereas the young Kashmiris are cracking Civil Services examinations, setting successful business, educating self. The digital era has opened new doors of success for the youths in valley and understanding the overall situation in the world.

Though Pakistan will play its cards with the support of Turkey to distract its youth for supporting militancy in the valley, but as far as Kashmiris are concerned they are aware of the sufferings in Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan respect India’s measure to counter Pakistan and every means will be created to keep the relationship growing towards the path of development and support.

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