Taliban chief offers ‘political deal’ despite military offensive


The Leader of the taliban, Haibatulá Ajundzada, reiterated this Sunday that he is “decidedly in favor of a political solution” on Afghanistan beyond “advancement and military victories” his troops in the last two months.

Instead of relying on foreigners, let us solve our problems among ourselves and save the motherland from the current crisis, “declared Haibatullah Ajundzada on the occasion of the Muslim day of Eid al Adha (celebration of sacrifice).

For our part, we are determined to find a solution through dialogue, but the field in front continues to lose time, “Ajundzada said in his message.

The announcement takes place at a time when representatives of afghan government and of the taliban they are gathered in Doha this weekend for a new round of negotiations, against the background of a offensive generalized taliban against the government forces.

Since the beginning of May, coinciding with the beginning of the definitive withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghan territory, the insurgent forces launched a major military offensive that met almost no resistance from government forces.

This allowed them to conquer large rural areas and control several outposts on the border with Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan.

Deprived of US air support, the government only controls provincial capitals and major highways.

‘Girls’ education’

In his message, the head of the Taliban explains a series of commitments for a future “Islamic Emirate” in Afghanistan.

This was the name of the Taliban regime that led the country between 1996 and 2001, and which was ousted from power by the international coalition led by the United States after the September 11 attacks, for its refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden.

We wish to establish good and consistent diplomatic, economic and political relations … with all the countries of the world, including the United States, and we assure neighboring countries, those in the region, and the whole world that Afghanistan will not allow anyone to threaten their security from our territory, “Ajundzada said.

He also spoke of the promotion of literacy and assured that “the Islamic Emirate will strive and monitor above all so that there is an appropriate environment for the education of girls, within the framework of the great Islamic law”, despite the fact that under its The education of girls and wage labor for women was prohibited.

Although they have never claimed responsibility, they are credited with numerous attacks on schools over the past 20 years.

The Taliban chief assured journalists of his “commitment to freedom of expression, within the limits of Sharia (Muslim law, ndlr) and national interest,” and expressed his desire to work with international health NGOs.

In turn, he repeated his promise to provide security to diplomats, embassies, consulates, humanitarian organizations and foreign investors.

Since last year Washington announced the definitive withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan (after an agreement with the Taliban), they have tried to give an image of modernity and moderation, especially when facing abroad.


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