Omar tried to disown anti-Afghan plots: govt
KABUL (PAN): Reacting to a recent statement from Taliban’s elusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan government on Wednesday said he had tried to disown plots being hatched to breakup Afghanistan.
In his Eid message issued on Tuesday, Omar rejected the idea of dividing Afghanistan on an ethnic or tribal basis. He also opposed the 2014 presidential elections as a waste of time.
Omar said Afghanistan was passing through a sensitive phase and only an Islamic, independent and judicious system could bring fortunes to the nation.
He preferred the establishment of an inclusive Afghan government after the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The Karzai administration said Omar talked about a sensitive phase at a time when the Taliban hatched new conspiracies.
“The Taliban statement refers to something about which President Karzai has been sharing his concerns with the people over the past few months,” a statement issued from the Presidential Palace said.
It said Karzai had several times hinted at the existence of a foreign plot aimed at misusing the longing of Afghans for peace and eventually dividing their country.
It added the whole nation stood behind the president when he agreed to the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar.
“The common thinking is against the Taliban because they are considered part of the anti-Afghanistan conspiracies. That’s why their leader tried to escape the blame.”
The Taliban should put down weapons of foreign countries from their shoulders, leave foreign countries and should initiate peace talks inside Afghanistan and work for rebuilding the country, the statement concluded.
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