Anti-Taliban forces deceived in 2001: Massoud
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan National Front chairman Ahmad Zia Massoud on Friday alleged jihadi leaders and forces who resisted the Taliban in Afghanistan had been deceived at the first Bonn conference in 2001.
Massoud, who served as first vice-president from 2004 to 2009 during the first elected President Karzia’s administration, told a huge gathering in Kabul that the people of Afghanistan had been imposed “a puppet government” over the past decade.
The first Bonn conference on Afghanistan was held in 2001 in Germany after Taliban fell from the power to establish an interim set-up and pave the ground for the country’s first-ever elections.
Massould told the gathering of around 2,000 people that the international community had deceived jihadi leaders and anti-Taliban forces at the first Bonn conference.
“I wonder why our jihadi leaders are supporting the mistakes and wrong policies of the incumbent regime,” the brother of slain jihadi leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, said.
“Those in government now once served as Taliban’s representatives and had close relations with them. Therefore, they call the Taliban as brothers, despite shedding the blood of Afghans on a daily basis,” he said in an apparent reference to President Karzai, who calls the Taliban “brothers”.
Karzai recently once again called the Taliban his brothers and emphasised he will always address the Taliban as his brothers.
Massoud claimed the incumbent government was waiting to enter alliances with hard-line groups ahead of 2014 as it lacked public support. Most of foreign troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
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