New Delhi, Jan. 11 -- General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that if a group of countries is engaging with the Taliban and India has an interest in Afghanistan, New Delhi can't be "out of the bandwagon", but the army chief was quick to add that the same analogy doesn't apply to Jammu and Kashmir.

"Do we have interest in Afghanistan is the first issue? If the answer is yes, then you can't be out of the bandwagon. If you have interest, you step in," Rawat said at his customary press conference ahead of the Army Day on January 15.

"Our thinking is yes we have an interest. And if other countries are saying there should be talks, we should in some way also become a part, maybe directly or indirectly. But we should not be left out,"

Rawat had ...