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In Moscow, Taliban say Afghan constitution not ‘valid’

In Moscow, Taliban say Afghan constitution not ‘valid’

Feb 05, 2019 - 20:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon chief peace negotiator Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai on Tuesday said the current Afghanistaninfo-icon’s constitution was not ‘valid’ and they wanted an Islamic constitution and ‘an inclusive Islamic government system.’

Speaking at a gathering with senior Afghan politicians in Moscow, the Taliban representative said the Kabul government constitution was invalid and had been imported from the West and was an obstacle to peace.

"It is conflicted. We want an Islamic constitution," Stanikzai, who headed the Taliban delegation, told attendees at a central Moscow hotel, adding that the new charter would be drafted by Islamic scholars.

No representatives from the Kabul government were invited to Moscow but some of Ghani's chief rivals -- including Hamid Karzai as well as opponents in an election slated for July -- were in attendance.

Stanikzai said the insurgents did not want a "monopoly of power" but "an inclusive Islamic system”. He said a formal Taliban office in Afghanistan and a credible guarantee for peace was vital.

The Moscow conference that kicked off today and would continue tomorrow is aimed at discussing Afghan peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

Stanikzai said the creation of a Taliban’s official office would end the notion that the rebels had no actual address.

“The Islamic Emirates often tells the international community that we have no foreign agenda but the creation of an Islamic government in line with our Afghan values, which is our basic right,” he said.

He said their recent talks with the US were focused on two things --- total withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and no use of Afghan soil against others.

He said the conflict had been imposed on the Taliban and all Afghans and all factors which halted the revival of peace in Afghanistan should be removed.

He demanded the removal of Taliban’s leaders’ names from the UN and US blacklists, the release of all Taliban prisoners, a halt to social media campaign against the Taliban and opening of a Taliban official office.

About womeninfo-icon’s rights, Stanikzai said Islam gave all basic rights to women such as their participation in business, property ownership, inheritance, educationinfo-icon, work, security, healthinfo-icon and having a good life.

“Many incidents of violence against women happened recently which never happened during the rule of the Taliban,” he said.


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