No one has right to ridicule Afghan matters: Sayyaf
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to “reconciliation talks” between Afghan figures and Taliban representatives in Qatar, former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday said the Afghan government should not allow any country to arrange such meetings and “ridicule matters that are important for Afghans.”
Qatar hosted two days of a research conference “Afghan dialogue” in Doha on May 2-3 May organised by Pugwash Council, a Canadian-based international organisation that brings together scholars and public figures to work against armed conflicts and seek solutions to global security threats.
An eight-member Taliban delegation participated in the conference and sat together with Afghan officials and politicians.
Sayyaf said no group had the right to represent the people and the government of Afghanistan on their own behalf.
“The ongoing war has been imposed on us. Its continuation is not for good of anybody. Peace is the only solution and in interest of the nation, region and the world,” he added in a statement.
According to Sayyaf, the only group that had the authority to represent Afghanistan was the one selected by the government and agreed upon by representatives of the people.
“We will stand up for the defence of our religion and country against these slaves and their masters, and our stance should not be viewed as anti-peace,” added the statement.
Sayyaf asked the government not to allow any group or country to behave arbitrarily and ridicule matters of national importance.
Ajmal Obaid Abedy, the presidential spokesman, said those invited to the conference did not represent the Afghan government.
He insisted the public would be informed if the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban made any headway.
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