Uyghur escape complicates Taliban relations with China
Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban, told the South China Morning Post that the movement will no longer allow Uyghur fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country.
“We care about the oppression of Muslims, whether in Palestine, Myanmar or China, and we care about the oppression of non-Muslims all over the world. But what we are not going to do is interfere in China’s internal affairs, “a senior official from the activists’ political bureau in Doha previously told The Wall Street Journal.
Raffaello Pantucci, who studies China and terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute, said the question of how to treat Uyghurs was divisive for the Taliban.
He said: “The problem for the Taliban is that they are not united on what to do about this. There is a general desire to want to work with the Chinese, but I think internally within the organization there are groups that are more supportive of protecting these guys because they’ve been fighting with them for 20 years. years.
The Uyghur suicide bomber in the October 8 blast posed as a shoe shiner at the gates of the mosque as worshipers arrived, then crept inside to explode when full, said said a Taliban intelligence source.
A series of explosions again ravaged a Shiite mosque in southern Kandahar city on Friday, also killing dozens of worshipers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Fatimiya mosque bombing in Kandahar province, but suspicion again fell on the Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K) .
The past few weeks have seen a sharp increase in IS-K attacks inside Afghanistan, with a spate of bombings and assassinations of Taliban figures. The attacks have seriously undermined the Taliban’s claims that they are restoring peace and order after years of conflict.