Not Just Flights, The Taliban Wants Scholarships To Resume Too. India Is In No Hurry

On September 7, the Taliban-controlled civil aviation authority in Afghanistan requested that commercial flights between the two nations restart from Kabul airport.

According to those acquainted with the activities, the Taliban set up in Kabul has been seeking out to the Indian side to examine the continuity of connections in several domains, stretching from the return of commercial flights to scholarships for Afghan scholars.

These talks have occurred at a time while the Government of India has signalled that it is not in a rush to acknowledge the Taliban's interim cabinet, which is controlled by reactionaries and members of the UN-designated Haqqani Group. On the requested anonymity, the individuals listed above stated that there had been no serious response to any of the Taliban suggestions.

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On September 7, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority, which is now governed by the Taliban's so-called "Islamic Emirate," sent an official interaction to India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) requesting the reinstatement of passenger airlines between the two nations from Kabul airbase.

The statement, delivered to DGCA chairman Arun Kumar and addressed by “acting minister” Hameedullah Akhunzada, claimed that American troops had “damaged and [made] dysfunctional” the Kabul airfield before their departure last month. The airport was reopened with Qatari assistance, and a NOTAM, or "warning to airmen," was issued on September 6, according to the letter.

The purpose of the letter was to maintain seamless passenger flow connecting two nations following the agreed MoU, and their national carriers (Ariana Afghan Airline and Kam Air) intend to resume their regular flights. As a result, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority demands that you allow their passenger airlines, according to the letter.

According to the persons indicated above, Taliban leaders such as deputy foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi have sought out the Indian forces through proxies in current days to discuss topics such as travelling by Afghan students who have earned scholarships given by the Government of India.

Muttaqi allegedly wanted Afghan scholars on Indian scholarships, specifically those granted for the 2021 calendar year, to be able to visit the nation.

According to sources, the Indian side is not in a hurry to decide on acknowledging the Taliban set up or responding to Taliban messaging, especially because no other nation has developed diplomatic contacts with the Kabul regime.

Prime Minister Modi previously warned the international community not to jump into acknowledging the new Kabul government since the power transition in Afghanistan was “not inclusive” and was carried out without negotiating process.

The international departments that are controlled by the Taliban's asked for the reopening of international routes, guaranteeing full cooperation with airlines and they claimed that all concerns at the Kabul runway had been resolved. The appeal was part of the Taliban's strategy to gain international recognition and open up Afghanistan.

The challenges at Kabul Airport Terminal have been handled and the terminal is fully functional for local and intercontinental flights, the [Islamic Emirate] guarantees all aircraft of its complete participation, said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, spokesman for the foreign ministry.

Although a small handful of relief and tourist flights have been functioning from Kabul, conventional economic services have yet to restart. On September 13, the state-run Pakistan International Airlines established the first airline to fly a passenger trip into and out of Kabul in less than a month.