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Taliban chief Abdul Qahar Balkhi speaks about group’s future


Abdul Qahar Balkhi, from the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, has spoken solely to Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi from the Taliban’s Cultural Commission has spoken to Al Jazeera within the group’s first official interview for the reason that armed group took over Kabul every week in the past.

Balkhi revealed his face for the primary time on Tuesday on the Taliban’s first press convention, throughout which he translated for spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He stays with out an official title, as his position is one among many nonetheless to be determined within the new authorities.

The Taliban chief stated the group desires to move ahead and hopes stakeholders – each home and worldwide – can cooperate on widespread pursuits.

On authorities formation

Abdul Qahar Balkhi: The consultations are ongoing, and naturally it’ll be an inclusive system.

The talks embrace whether or not the capital will stay in Kabul or move to [the group’s birthplace] Kandahar.

On the chaos at Kabul airport

Balkhi: We are in talks and we now have a relationship, a working relationship, with the Americans concerning the safety association.

The exterior checkposts are in our management, and inside is beneath the management of the US forces, and we’re in fixed contact with each other.

On the shortage of belief between individuals in Kabul and the Taliban

Balkhi: It may be very unlucky for individuals to be dashing to the airport the best way they’re in the meanwhile.

Because we now have introduced a basic amnesty for everybody within the safety forces from the senior to the junior stage… this fear, this hysteria that has taken place is unfounded.

On the swift takeover of Kabul

Balkhi: The developments have been so quick that every one individuals have been taken abruptly.

When we entered Kabul, and it was not deliberate as a result of we introduced initially that we don’t wish to enter Kabul, and we wish to reach a political resolution earlier than getting into Kabul and making a joint and inclusive authorities. But what occurred was that the safety forces left, deserted their locations, and we have been compelled to ask our forces to enter and take over safety.

On governance and girls’s rights

Balkhi: The level of intra-Afghan talks was exactly that we come to an settlement about what these rights really entail.

Islamic regulation is thought to everybody and there aren’t any ambiguities concerning the rights of girls, the rights of males, not solely girls but in addition the rights of males and youngsters. And proper now we’re in a state of affairs that hopefully through the consultations there might be clarifications about what these rights are.

On the reported focused killings and harassment of presidency and civil society figures

Balkhi: Our foremost precedence is the self-discipline in our personal ranks, and never imposing legal guidelines on others however imposing it on ourselves first after which giving it an instance for the remainder of society to comply with swimsuit. So we’re the primary ones and our members, if they’re concerned in such issues, [they] would be the first to be prosecuted.

On the group being labelled ‘terrorists’

Balkhi: I don’t assume individuals consider we’re terrorists. I believe it’s simply “the war on terror”, it was only a time period coined by the United States and anybody [who did] not fall in line have been labelled terrorists.


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