Taliban, Northern Alliance agree not to attack each other


India will soon know about Taliban’s capability to run govt: Dilawar


In a major development that took place on Thursday, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance agreed not to attack each other, and the peace agreement will be announced during a press conference by the leaders of both sides

The two sides have agreed to cease attacks against each other, the sources said, adding that meetings between the two delegations of the Taliban and Northern Alliance were taking place for over the last two days at Charikar in Parwan province.

The most significant pocket of resistance against the Taliban, among numerous others, following their takeover of Afghanistan, is in Panjshir Valley.

Comprising anti-Taliban militia fighters and former Afghan security forces, they vowed to resist as the Taliban send fighters to surround the area.

Meanwhile, prominent Taliban leader Shahabuddin Dilwar, in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement casting doubt on the sustainability of a new regime in Afghanistan, said India will soon know that the Taliban can run the country’s affairs smoothly.

The statement from the Taliban leader comes a week after Modi commented on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan saying “an empire on the basis of terror may dominate for some time but its existence is never permanent”.

The Indian premier, in a veiled criticism of Taliban, had on Aug 20 tweeted: “The destroying powers, the thinking that builds an empire on the basis of terror, may dominate for some time in a period of time, but, its existence is never permanent, it cannot
suppress humanity for a long time.”

Reacting to the Indian premier’s statement in an exclusive conversation with Radio Pakistan correspondent on Thursday, Dilwar warned India not to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan was a neighbour of Afghanistan and a friendly country. Dilawar thanked Pakistan for hosting over three million Afghan refugees.

“We are thankful to Pakistan for its services […] for welfare of the refugees,” he added. He underlined that Taliban wanted peaceful ties with all countries based on mutual respect.

Currently, the group is in talks with a spectrum of leaders and politicians in Afghanistan to form an “inclusive government” to run the country, according to multiple statements by Taliban spokesmen.—Agencies


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