Mohaqqiq challenges Taliban to reach power through elections
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Second deputy Chief Executive Officer Haji Mohammad Mohaqqiq on Wednesday challenged the Taliban to contest elections for reaching power.
Addressing a huge ceremony marking the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, Moha1qiq said they wanted peace but not at the expenses of the past 15 years achievements.
Hundreds of people attended the anniversary held at the tomb of Mazari where messages from first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostam and Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor were read out.
“If Taliban consider themselves Afghans and Muslim, they should participate in elections,” he said.
“Come to ballot boxes under the United Nations observation. If you win the polls, you can rule,” he told the Taliban.
“Our President and CEO are ready for peace talks and generally the entire country wants peace,” he said.
He chided High Peace Council chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani ofr his remarks that the war against Taliban was not legal.
“Every human being has the right to self-defence. The war against people who kill our children is legitimate,” Mohaqqiq said, adding they wanted a dignified peace that preserved the achievements of the past 15 years.
However, the HPC issued a statement on Wednesday, saying it chairman Pir Gilani had been quoted out of context during an interview with the BBC.
“If Taliban refused peace talks, they should be ready for clashes with the Afghan National Army and police in the coming spring,” the second deputy CEO said, adding that the Afghans supported their national forces against the insurgents.
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