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Mullah Zakir proposes Taliban to negotiate with US, Afghan government

Mullah Zakir proposes Taliban to negotiate with US, Afghan government

Apr 08, 2016 - 17:01

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A senior Talibaninfo-icon commander proposed a new strategy for the Taliban group including their talks with Afghan government, US and its western allies.

In a letter, Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Qayum Zakir calls on the Taliban leadership to negotiate with the US and Western governments and the leadership of the movement must embrace new internal and externalinfo-icon policies.

According to Al Jazeera’s report, the proposals of the senior official included negotiations with Afghan government and the international community, the implementation of Islamic law, and improving military strategy and coordination within the group. 

However, a Taliban spokesman, Zabhihullah Mujahid said that they have not received the proposal so far.

"We don't know anything about the new strategy, but I will keep saying that we are not going to negotiate with foreign governments and will only focus on bringing back Sharia [Islamic] law," Mujahid told Al Jazeera. 

Zakir had stayed away from last year’s meeting that elected Mullah Mansoor as successor to Mullah Muhammad Omar, whose death was announced in August 2015. But, last month, Zakir -- former head of Taliban’s military commission -- pledged allegiance to Mansoor in a hand-written letter.





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