Taliban gains in north no threat to neighbours: Mansour
In a message ahead of the religious festival Eidul Adha, Mansour said peace would continue to elude Afghanistan until foreign troops existed on its soil.
Mansour expressed his grief over the demise of his successor Mullah Mohammad Omar, the founder and long-time supremo of the Taliban movement.
Mansour said the Taliban had been successful on the battlefield, confronting the enemy with defeat. “Our opponents are trying to create disunity and distrust within the insurgency through false propaganda.”
He asked the fighters to avoid harming civilians and shedding the blood of innocent people during their operations. “I will allow no one to cause harm to people’s lives and properties as a result of carelessness.”
Mansour said Taliban’s latest gains in northern Afghanistan posed no threat to neighbouring countries. “Our policy is clear to the neighbouring countries who should not recognise us as their enemy.”
He said religious and modern education for the new Afghan generation was highly important and their supporters would pave the ground for religious and contemporary education.
He asked his supporters not to harm educationists, traders and skilled persons and added that the Taliban considered public welfare and private installations as people’s right and national assets and no one would be allowed to cause damage to such properties.
Mansour said they would continue their political struggle and in this regard, their political bureau in Doha had been active over the past few years and the office had the authority to negotiate.
It was Mansour’s first such message since he formally took charge after the death of founder Mullah Omar in July.
He said if the Kabul administration wanted to end the war and establish peace in the country, it was s possible through ending the occupation and revoking all military and security treaties with the invaders.
The Afghan and United States governments signed a security deal in September last year allowing around 13,000 foreign troops, including 10,000 US, to stay on after NATO’s combat mission ended in December 2014.
“The Islamic Emirate believes if the country is not under occupation, the problem of the Afghans can be resolved through intra-Afghan understanding,” Mansour said in the message posted in English on the Taliban’s website.
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