Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen has said that Pakistan cannot dictate to us.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen (AFP-File Photo)
Pakistan has received a big warning from the Taliban. Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen has said that Pakistan would be welcome to help the Taliban reach a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. But Islamabad cannot instruct us or impose its views on us. The Taliban spokesman made this statement in an interview given in the program ‘Jigra’ of Pakistan’s Geo News. This program was aired late on Sunday night.
During the program, when asked how he sees the relations of the Afghan Taliban with Pakistan. Especially in the context of reports that the Taliban is not ready to listen to Pakistan. To this, the Taliban spokesman said, “We want fraternal relations. They (Pakistan) are our neighbours, a Muslim country and we share common values, which include historical, religious and cultural issues. “They can help us in the peace process, but they cannot dictate or impose their views on us,” he said. And this is against international principles.
Taliban talks about setting up an Islamic country
Talking about Taliban’s demand for Afghanistan as an Islamic country, Shaheen said that being an Islamic country is a legitimate right of the people of Afghanistan. We don’t say anything about other governments. They should not impose their views. He reiterated that imposing his views is not even in accordance with international principles. When asked whether the Taliban would accept the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as it has shown its allegiance to the Taliban. On this Shaheen said, I do not know about TTP. But I will tell you about the policy of Islamic country.
Taliban control 85 percent of Afghanistan
A Taliban spokesman said, “We will not allow any individual or any group to use the soil of Afghanistan.” I have said this in many interviews and I think our position is clear and everyone knows. Significantly, since the withdrawal of American troops, the Taliban has become increasingly active and has started capturing large parts of the country. The Taliban claims that it has captured 85 percent of Afghanistan. This is the reason why Pakistan has started encircling the border with Afghanistan and has increased surveillance.
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