Afghan Govt Condemns Taliban Reception In Islamabad

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Kabul Questions Taliban Trip To Pakistan



The Afghan government on Thursday raised questions over the recent trip by a Taliban delegation, from Qatar, to Pakistan.

A Taliban delegation reportedly arrived in Pakistan this week to allegedly address problems faced by Afghan refugees.

This comes close on the heels of President Ashraf Ghani’s speech earlier this week where he said peace talks between some factions of the Taliban were off the table.

“The Taliban delegation’s trip to Pakistan from our prospective is totally questionable. A terrorist group does not have the right to travel to countries. We expect Pakistan to have government-to-government relations with Afghanistan,” said Shahussain Murtazawi, the deputy spokesman for Ghani.

Kabul meanwhile urged Islamabad to honor its pledge and suppress the militants who are engaged in violence in Afghanistan.

“Action should be taken against the militants who are involved in terrorist activities from Pakistan’s soil in Afghanistan. This is the demand that our allies have as well,” said Tawab Ghorzang, spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC).

The National Unity Government (NUG) meanwhile threatened to take revenge on the Taliban and other militants.

“Afghan security forces’ aim is to defend Afghanistan, defend our values and defend the people of Afghanistan…. We will take revenge of the blood of our people on terrorists,” said Jawed Faisal, the deputy spokesman for Chief Executive Office Abdullah Abdullah.

It seems that following Ghani’s order, Afghan security forces have expanded their military operations to suppress militants.

“Besides ground achievements, we had good achievements in our night raids. Whenever the enemies have risen up, we have either eliminated them, or have arrested them,” said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“We haven’t seen [results] in the battleground so far. However, we can say that they (security forces) are devising plans and should act in accordance with the newly devised plans,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, the former Deputy Minister of Interior.

Currently, security forces are conducting 15 large-scale operations in 11 provinces.