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Analysts view Daesh emergence a threat to Taliban

Analysts view Daesh emergence a threat to Taliban

Jun 16, 2015 - 19:10

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The growing Islamic State (IS) or Daesh strength has challenged Talibaninfo-icon’s legitimacy, which forced the latter to write a letter to Daesh leader, analysts said on Tuesday.

Mullahinfo-icon Akhtar Mansoor, acting head of Taliban militants, had written a letter to Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The letter had nine points asking IS not to interfere in each other activities, working under same flag and focusing on unity and solidarity.

Taliban at the end had also mentioned that they would show their stern reaction if their achievements were threatened and challenged.

Fazi Mohammad Zaland, a political analyst, said: “Taliban are fighting for establishment of Islamic Emirates and they are against presence of foreign troops whereas Daesh claimed for Islamic caliphate and plans to establish a state with the name of Khurasan.”

In short, Taliban had been confined to Afghanistaninfo-icon alone while Daesh considered Pakistaninfo-icon, India, Iran and central Asian states as parts of Khurasan.

Zaland added that using message of Islam is the sole similarity between the two groups which Taliban had noticed a huge threat in using the message of Islam. “Taliban militants have been fighting for the last 13 years and have suffered heavy losses. Afghan war has inflicted considerable damage on Taliban,” he said, adding that Daesh could be a challenge for Taliban since IS had energetic young people, abundance of wealth, blessed with strong Arab support.

Taliban’s letter to Daesh also showed their weakness, he said, fearing that Taliban and Daesh fight could be fatal for Afghanistan and the entire region.

Pashtuns would be killed from both sides whereas Pashtuninfo-icon soil would be an arena of the battle while the strangers would get benefit out of the war, he predicted.

Khushal Khalil, another political analyst, assumed the letter ascertained Taliban legitimacy had been threatened. “Pakistan remained legitimate religious source of Taliban whereas Baghdad is the source of legitimacy for Daesh. The emergence of Daesh has put Taliban’s legitimacy at stake,” he added.

“Daesh leader fulfilled all criteria of being Caliphate since he is Qureshi by tribe of Arab and also belongs to a Hussaini sect,” Khalil added. “Taliban’s letter showed they did not have strength to fight Daesh therefore they want to use diplomacy to deal with Daesh,” he observed.

Mohammad Hassan Haqyar, a political analyst, said: “The aim of Taliban is to know and get information regarding Daesh and to know who basically provide support to Daesh.”

Maulviinfo-icon Muslim Dost, a local Daesh leader, harshly criticized Taliban militants therefore Taliban retreated back to at least reply to them.

“Taliban did not want to fight Daesh but to convince them they have the same agenda therefore Taliban used soft tone in their letter to Daesh”, Haqyar said, adding Taliban could use harsh language if the dispute between the two groups was intensified.



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