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Pajhwok gets copy of Taliban's letter

Pajhwok gets copy of Taliban's letter

Sep 22, 2011 - 20:30

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Talibaninfo-icon Leadership Council has said the presence of foreign forces, their airstrikes and nighttime raids are fuelling the conflict in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

These factors behind the war are outlined in a letter delivered by Esmatullah, the Taliban's purported messenger who killed the High Peace Councilinfo-icon chairman.

Pajhwok Afghan News obtained late on Thursday a copy Maulviinfo-icon Inayatullah Makhdoom's letter, delivered by Esmatullah, son of Gul Agha, a resident of Kandahar City.

According to the communication, Makhdoom is a brother of former agricultureinfo-icon minister Maulvi Hayatullah. However, the not does not say when Hayatullah served as a minister.

Makhdoom writes that he has been tasked with sending the letter, setting out the Taliban's views about the reconciliation drive, to Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani through a courier.  

One of the insurgents' conditions for peace talks, as stated in the letter, is the withdrawal of NATOinfo-icon-led forces. US military bases in Afghanistan have been stoutly opposed.

The fighters will press on with the jihadinfo-icon, says the letter, which asks: Were there such killings, thefts and uncertainty during the Taliban era, as are rampant today?

Officials of the National Directorate of Security said on Thursday the Quetta Shurainfo-icon was involved in martyring the former president as part of preplanned assault.




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