India keeps close watch on US dialogue with Afghan militants


India is keeping a close watch on counterterror guarantees the US is discussing with the Afghan militants because operatives from Pakistan-backed terror groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) continue to fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, people familiar with the developments have said.

The US talks come at a time when key players such as China and Russia have stepped up consultations on the situation in Afghanistan with India, which has legitimate security interests in the war-torn country since instability could give a fillip to the activities of JeM and LeT, the people said.

Even as India continued to engage a wide spectrum of stakeholders in Afghanistan — including President Ashraf Ghani’s government, regional and opposition leaders, and representatives of ethnic groups such as the Tajiks Read More

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