Some senators accuses Iran of aiding Taliban
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday accused Iran of supporting Taliban insurgents, asking the government to prevent all acts that were harming the national interest.
Senator Safiullah Hashimi, speaking during the Meshrano Jirga session, claimed that Iran’s interference in Afghanistan had lately increased. The neighbouring country wanted to change Afghanistan once again into a battlefield, he alleged.
He said there was evidence of Iran aiding the Taliban against the Islamic State (IS) -- or Daesh -- in Afghanistan. If the brazen meddling was not prevented, he warned, Afghanistan would turn into a battlefield between Iran and Daesh.
Abdul Baqi Baryal, another member of Meshrano Jirga, also said evidence showed Iranian support to the Taliban. “Thousands of our countrymen have been martyred because of Pakistan’s interference, should we also pay the price for Iran’s intrusion?”
His colleague, Jumauddin Gayanwal said: “If the claims are true, then Afghanistan will turn into a battlefield once again.” The lawmaker underlined the imperative of halting foreign backing of militant outfits.
Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar observed: “I don’t have accurate information, but this (Iranian meddling) could be another serious threat to the people of Afghanistan.
“Afghans have not interfered in Iran’s internal affairs. Iran should not turn Afghanistan into a battleground,” he said, asking the government to investigate the allegations.
Dawlat Waziri, Ministry of Defence deputy spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News they were yet to establish the validity of reports regarding Iran’s supported to the Taliban.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Iran not only supported the Taliban financially, but also trained the fighters. But the Taliban and the Iranian embassy in Kabul have not yet commented on the issue.
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