Taliban, Haqqanis among UAE terror list
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UAE Cabinet has declared as terrorist groups the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Pakistani Taliban among dozens others outfits in a list of designated terrorist organisations.
The list issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan included 85 organisations including Indian Mujahideen and Lashakar-e-Tayeba as terror outfits.
Others organisations included in the list are ISIS, Al Nusra Front and Muslim Brotherhood.
The list also includes Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Ansar Al Shariah, Pakistani Taliban, and Haqqani Network among others.
Political expert Inayatullah Kakar said the situation of the UAE government was like “a drowning man clutches at a straw” or “one once bitten by a snake is scared at the mere sight of a rope.”
He believed including the Afghan Taliban in its list of terrorist organisations would serve a severe blow to UAE’s efforts at making the Afghan peace bid a success.
After the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as president, Kakar said the UAE had launched efforts at reconciling hostile groups in Afghanistan, something Ghani had hinted at during a press conference after his return from China.
He said the Taliban, keeping in view their beliefs and ideology, had no intention to carry out their activities in the UAE, where Al Qaeda and IS had filled the vacuum.
“You can see the groups declared as terrorists by the UAE have direct or indirect links with Qatar,” he said of the diplomatic rivalry between the two countries.
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