November 2020 \ Interviews \ COVER STORY—INDIA AND AFGHANISTAN
“Afghans appreciate India’s stance in supporting their cause”

In this interview with India Empire Magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty, Mr Tahir Qadiry, Chargé D’ Affaires, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India and Co-Chairperson IAF (India-Afghanistan Foundation), speaks on wide-ranging issues, including a subject that has the entire world’s attention—the peace process in Afghanistan and the dialogue that started with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar ...

Bringing everyone on the same page, telling them, look guys we want peace, but there will be conditions. So I think the conditions were drawn up there. We want a dignified peace that should ensure our freedom, our democratic values, ensure the Afghan Constitution, the right of education for Afghan girls and boys,, the right of minorities and all that. As a gesture of goodwill, the Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) also approved the release of Taliban prisoners. The national consensus was built. Then the Afghan Government introduced a 21-member delegation to go to Doha, Qatar and represent the nation. A delegation which was diverse, a delegation which comes from different walks of society, which represents various ethnicities in Afghanistan. Some members are as young as 25 years of age—all this just to represent a new Afghanistan. Also four brave women were a part of it. One of them was shot at two weeks before she went to Doha. One of her arms was in a sling, and her presence projected the resilience of the Afghan woman. She was also a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. This 21-member group spoke head-on with the Taliban in Doha.