Grave consequences if BSA signed: Omar
KABUL (PAN): Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has said only the Taliban’s political office in Qatar is authorised to represent the movement in talks with the interanational community and no one else has this authority.
In his Eid message issued by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, Omar was quoted as congratulating the Afghans in advance on celebrating the religious festival Eidul Adha.
“For contact with the international community, only the Qatar political office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has been tasked with the job. If anyone else tries to open an office under the same name, they are not our representatives and holding talks with such elements is a waste of time and has no benefit.”
Omar said rather than official representatives and spokesmen of the Taliban, no one else could represent the movement in talks with opponents. He said those supporting the election or developing contacts with opponents in the name of Taliban were not their representatives and such elements were just out to earn mere popularity and materialistic gains.
However, he did not anyone. But Pakistani has recently released Taliban second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to help advance the Afghan peace process.
Omar also rejected the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington, saying the Taliban will keep fighting if the deal was signed.
“The invaders and their allies should understand that the strategic agreement will be accompanied by grave consequences for them,” said Omar in the message on Sunday.
President Karzai has appointed former President Sibghatullah Mujaddadi to convene a “Loya Jirga” or grand assembly to discuss and give a formal approval to BSA which Omar opposed.
“They might get these documents rubber stamped by a fake Loya Jirga but it will not be acceptable to the Afghans. Throughout the history, the real representatives and Loya Jirgas of the country have never signed documents of slavery,” said the Taliban leader.
Omar said those who sign the BSA do not represent the Loya Jirga of the country.
“Their decisions are not acceptable. The invaders should know that their limited bases will never be accepted. The current armed Jihad will continue against them with more momentum,” he went on to say.
The Taliban leader also rejected the upcoming Presidential elections scheduled for April 2014, the year set by NATO troops for withdrawal.
“The Afghan people can’t be enticed by the (current) conspiracy of misleading people under the name of elections in the shade of the occupation in the country. There are figures active in these elections who are catering only to personal interests and the interests of the invaders rather than the Islamic and national interests,” Omar said.
He regretted that some of the leaders were “trying to distort Islam” in order to reach the corridor of power and to “please the non-believers”.
“The people know that some foreign stooges are playing with their destiny. The votes of the people have no value in the elections nor will participation benefit. Therefore, the Islamic Emirate rejects these elections and urge the people to avoid participation in them because this is only a drama being played by the invaders to attain their goals,” the Taliban leader said.
The statement comes after Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed on some parts of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The agreement however left the issue of providing immunity to the US soldiers unresolved.
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