We are Surprised by the Taliban’s Pace of Occupation of Afghanistan: CDS General Bipin Rawat

General Rawat was accompanied by Admiral John Aquilino of the US Indo-Pacific Command at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) program in Delhi.
Image Credit: ANI News
Image Credit: ANI News

According to Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, India is also surprised by the speed with which the Taliban captured Afghanistan. During a program on Wednesday, General Rawat admitted that India also feared that the Taliban would one day occupy Afghanistan, but it would not happen so fast, it was not thought. According to him, even after 20 years, the Taliban has not changed at all.

India will deal sternly: Rawat

General Rawat was accompanied by Admiral John Aquilino of the US Indo-Pacific Command at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) program in Delhi. Both officers answered important questions related to Afghanistan and regional security. Referring to the Taliban's occupation of Afghanistan and its possible impact on India, General Rawat said- If there is any kind of terrorist activities from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to India, then we will act swiftly and strictly.

Quad countries will also have to increase cooperation to deal with global terrorism. Quad is an organization of four countries. This includes India, America, Japan and Australia. China has been considering it as the biggest threat and military challenge for itself in the Indian Ocean.

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Image Credit: WION

Challenge before India

Admiral Aquilino, without naming China, acknowledged that India is facing a challenge on the Line of Actual Control and there are many challenges in the South China Sea as well. He emphasized free navigation. Admiral John also expressed concern over China's attitude in Hong Kong.

At the same time, General Rawat said that India is working to make the region terrorism free. He said- India fears that the situation in Afghanistan may affect our country as well, and India is preparing a strategy to deal with it.

Taliban did not change

In response to a question, Rawat said- Taliban has not changed at all even after 20 years, their partners have definitely changed. This is the same Taliban as it was 20 years ago, now it has emerged with new allies.

Rawat's gesture can be considered a confirmation of reports that say that Pakistan's terrorist organizations Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are helping the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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