Rise of Taliban- When Indore police arrested Safdar Nagori, former president of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), he was arrested in March 2008. Nagori told his interrogators that he regards Mullah Omar of the Taliban, the true Caliph of the Muslim world. Safdar told his interrogators that his objective was to wage jihad in India under the leadership of Mullah Omar. However, Omar died in Zabul in 2013. Meanwhile, he said he had great respect for Osama bin Laden but could not consider Caliph because he uprooted from Saudi Arabia.
From the Indian perspective, the rise of the Taliban will pose an internal security challenge to the BJP government with large-scale radicalization as a first step. It will also encourage Pakistan-based terrorist groups to attack India. While, according to counter-terrorism experts, SIMI does not exist, but many of its cadres have shifted to Wahadat-e-Islam in India. Despite Safdar’s desire to establish links with Mullah Omar through Gulf contacts, SIMI could not reach the Taliban. Similarly, Jaish has operated with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the ISI forced the Haqqani Network to help LeT cadre attack the Indian embassy.
Rise of Taliban in Afghanistan
The Taliban emerged in 1992 in northern Pakistan following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Experts believed that the predominantly Pashtun movement first appeared in religious seminaries. However, Saudi was mainly paid for by money – which preached a hardline form of Sunni Islam.
The Taliban promised – In Pashtun areas straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan to restore peace and security. However, they also pledged to enforce their austere version of Sharia or Islamic law once in power. They also introduced punishments in line with their strict interpretation of Sharia law. They also banned television, music, and Cinema. However, the Modi government should immediately initiate diplomatic relations with the Taliban as they are essential from a security point of view. However, our neighbor countries, China, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, formed their diplomatic relation with Afghanistan.