Taliban to "raise its voice for Muslims" in Jammu Kashmir, says spokesman Suhail Shaheen in new threat

The Taliban intends to "raise its voice for Muslims" in Indian-administered Kashmir, a spokesman told the BBC.

Suhail Shaheen told the BBC's Hindi service: "As Muslims, we also have a right to raise our voice for Muslims in Kashmir, India or any other country."

This is the first time the Taliban has commented on Indian-administered Kashmir, and comes at a time when India has raised concerns about the welfare of Afghanistan's Hindu and Sikh minorities under the Taliban.

Many fear that the Taliban could move on Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, encouraged by anti-Indian elements within Pakistan. In a widely circulated TV debate clip, Pakistan's ruling PTI leader Neelam Irshad Sheikh said: "Taliban have said they are with us and they will help us in liberating Kashmir."

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