Taliban chief asks US to choose a sensible policy
In his first message on the eve of Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the new Taliban leader promised to follow into footsteps of his predecessors – Mullah Mohammad Omar and Mullah Akhtar Mansour.
After the death of Mullah Omar, Mansour was elected as the insurgency’s new leader, but he was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in May.
In his message, Haibatullah said he considered as “a huge responsibility” his leadership of the group, not a privilege.
“The Taliban have a clear policy for their political and military areas. We believe that Afghanistan is occupied by foreign forces and we are waging a campaign against them.”
He said the Taliban had a clear policy regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and the establishment of an independent Islamic system and this policy had been explained to the world by their political office (in Doha).
“We will continue our efforts to find solution to the Afghanistan issue,” said Haibatullah, who asked the US to withdraw forces from Afghanistan and choose a sensible policy instead of using force.
“Our clear message is that we don’t want to reach power, all Afghan tribes need each other and the establishment of an Islamic system, independence and power is linked to unity among the Afghans.”
The Taliban’s new leader also urged Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries to support the rebels against foreign forces and in the same breath he denied Pakistan and Iran were supporting the Taliban.
He also asked the Taliban not to harass Muslims and carry out their operation with utmost care in order not to cause damage to public places like hospitals, seminaries, schools, bridges, water channels and other projects.
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