Pakistan not Quetta Shura’s representative, says letter from Rabbani’s Assassin

Pakistan not Quetta Shura’s representative, says letter from Rabbani’s Assassin

KABUL: A blood-stained letter has been found in the pocket of the suicide bomber who assassinated High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. It was addressed to Mr Rabbani and sent by the Taliban’s Quetta Shura.

In the letter, obtained by TOLOnews, the Quetta Shura poses a number of questions and sets out a series of demands relating to the peace process. The letter was sent by Mawlawi Enayatullah Makhtoum. He is the brother of Mawlawi Hayatullah who was the deputy minister of agriculture and livestock during the Taliban regime. The letter was sent through Mullah Esmatullah, who lives in Kandahar province, the birth place of the Taliban.

The Islamic Emirate sees presence of foreign troops, airstrikes, night raids, oppression, torture and bullying as the main factors of war, the letter said. It added that contacts to exchange prisoners could never bring the end of war.

Part of the letter said that vows made by Pakistan to co-operate in bringing the Taliban were misplaced because Pakistan was not the Quetta Shura’s representative.

The letter went on to suggest that the withdrawal of “foreign mercenaries” in small numbers would not resolve anything and that Jihad would continue intensively.

Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, an ex-president of Afghanistan and the head of the peace council, was assassinated on Tuesday evening at his home.