Taliban tell US to stop encouraging Afghans to flee homeland

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The Taliban have asked the US not to encourage the Afghans from leaving their homeland, saying they are “not in favor” of such a move.

In a media briefing in Kabul, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that “we are not in favor of allowing Afghans to leave”, as translated from Pashto to English by his interpreter.

Mujahid also said that any extension in the August 31 deadline of US troops and foreign nationals, if being considered, is “unilateral”.

“The extension was unilateral by the United States. It was a violation of the agreement. We want them to evacuate all foreign nationals by the 31st of August. And we are not in favor of allowing Afghans to leave, ”the interpreter said, in response to a question by a journalist asking if the deadline can be reconsidered under any conditions.

In response to another question, Mujahid said he “cannot confirm” if Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met CIA chief William Burns.

Separately, speaking about the prospects of peace, he said that it is only possible with punishments handed out to people in line with Sharia law.

In an interview with Geo NewsMujahid claimed that “this time, a robust investigation will be carried out prior to awarding any punishments”, in reference to the Taliban’s earlier rule, from 1996-2001, the return of which is feared by Afghan residents.

Sheikh-ul-Hadees Haibatullah Akhunzada is alive, is the emir (leader) of the Taliban and will be an integral part of the new system of governance in Afghanistan, the spokesman said.

Speaking of Panjshir valley, where members of the anti-Taliban National Resistance Front (NRF) are mounting a resistance led by “Lion of Panjshir” Ahmad Massoud, Mujahid said that the Taliban wish to proceed in Afghanistan with peace and reconciliation. “I am 80 percent confident matters in Panjshir can be resolved through dialogue,” he said.

He said that the people of the valley are war-weary and influential people there have sent the Taliban multiple messages, indicating that they do not wish to see any more fighting.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have already begun appointing people to key government posts, Afghan media reported.

According to Pajhwok Afghan News, Najibullah has been appointed as Afghanistan’s intelligence chief, Gul Agha has been appointed as the finance minister, Sadr Ibrahim has been named the acting interior minister, Sakhaullah has been appointed as the acting head of education, Abdul Baqi will be The acting head of higher education, Mullah Shirin will be the new Kabul governor and Hamdullah Nomani has been appointed as Kabul mayor.

The Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, August 15, 2021, after which several key government officials, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, fled the country. Later, they announced a general amnesty and sent a message to the international community to work with them.

Author: faisal