Pajhwok gets copy of Taliban's letter
These factors behind the war are outlined in a letter delivered by Esmatullah, the Taliban's purported messenger who killed the High Peace Council chairman.
Pajhwok Afghan News obtained late on Thursday a copy Maulvi 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 agriculture 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 NATO-led forces. US military bases in Afghanistan have been stoutly opposed.
The fighters will press on with the jihad, 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 Shura was involved in martyring the former president as part of preplanned assault.
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