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Taliban leaders have become big investors: Ghani

Taliban leaders have become big investors: Ghani

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Jan 23, 2020 - 15:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Talibaninfo-icon leaders have become investors but their fighters tired of war, President Ashraf Ghani told at a side event of the Worldinfo-icon Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday.

However, a Taliban spokesman rejected the presidential remarks as baseless allegations against the insurgent leaders. 

Ghani said Taliban leaders, each having four to five wives, were enjoying life in Qatar, where they have been in talks with the US. The rebel leaders had emerged as big investors, the president added.

He also blamed the Taliban for drug smuggling, saying heroin and amphetamine were the most smuggled contraband.

He said the Taliban had earlier agreed to reduce violence before the signing of a deal with the United States. But the Afghan government insisted on a complete ‘ceasefire’ before intra-Afghan talks start.

While hitting back at Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah and his predecessor Hamid Karzai over their recent remarks about the peace process, he alleged none of them had any written plan for Afghanistaninfo-icon’s future.

“Grapes are sour,” commented Ghani, who blasted Abdullah and Karzai for their inability to serve the nation. He claimed the two leaders were in the habit of criticising their rivals.  

He described negotiation with the Taliban as a means, saying the Afghan people wanted to see an end to violence. If the Taliban were ready to end violence, he explained, the Afghan societyinfo-icon would reintegrate them.

He said in the past the Afghan pine nuts were smuggled aboard, but his administration had signed a $2 billion contract with China on pine nut exports.

In reaction to Ghani’s statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the allegations against the group leadership were untrue and groundless.

Mujahid made it clear that their political and military activities would go on until the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan.

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