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Taliban’s Eid Message Smells War and Panic, Afghan Govt

Taliban’s Eid Message Smells War and Panic: Afghan Govt

KABUL – The Afghan government on Thursday said that the Eid felicitation message by the Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada smells war and panic as he asks his fighters to ensure the safety of the people during Eid days.
“My instructions to you are that you give full attention to protecting, helping and comforting your believing nation during Eid days. Take all necessary steps for the well-being and security of your fellow compatriots. Visit the families of martyrs, disabled and prisoners and assist them to the best of your capabilities,” Mr. Akhundzada wrote, a day after the Taliban car bomb in Kabul killed scores of Afghans.
Mr. Akhundzada who like his predecessor Mullah Omar refrains to appear in public has also talked about the peace process and said that the Taliban are tackling the peace talks seriously.
However, he has raised his skepticism over what he described it a conflicting statement of the political and military officials of the US and an increase in the bombardments.
“The people of Afghanistan do not need to hear a message from the Taliban. The Taliban, unfortunately, are still sending the message of war, panic, and fear; the Taliban is the main source of devastations and the killing of civilians,” said President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi.
But a spokesperson to Taliban’s political office in Qatar Suhail Shaheen has said that working groups from the two sides are moving forward their jobs, stating that the group is striving that all issues are reflected in a potential peace deal with the US.
“Some major breakthroughs were made and the talks are moving on about some remaining issues and hopefully this will be finalized in the near future,” said Mawlavi Abdul Shokor Mutmaeen, the former head of Olympic committee in the Taliban regime.
Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet raised hope that a permanent ceasefire is finally achieved once the talks between the Afghan parties started.
“The focus should be on immediately reducing violence as we move closer to intra-Afghan negotiations that will produce a political roadmap and a permanent ceasefire,” Mr. Khalilzad tweeted on Wednesday.
“All issues will be part of the discussions, including a ceasefire; however, we will share the details of this issue later as we wait to see that what may come out of these talks,” said Sibghatullah Ahmadi, spokesperson to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Sahar News)

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