Taliban declare progress in regime talks


The Taliban claimed making progress of their talks on Saturday geared toward forming an inclusive authorities in Afghanistan and making certain safety throughout the nation since taking the capital Kabul final weekend, indicating that fears of a civil warfare breaking out within the nation is perhaps on the wane.

The assertion of a Taliban official got here hours after Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s co-founder who efficiently negotiated a take care of the US final 12 months in Doha, arrived in Kabul, the place the militia’s senior commanders had been already holding talks with Jihadi leaders in addition to politicians.

Baradar had arrived in Afghanistan final Tuesday from Qatar, selecting to the touch down within the nation’s second greatest metropolis Kandahar. Within hours of his return, the group had introduced their rule could be “different” this time. So far, they’ve given few particulars about who would type their authorities.

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Hours after Baradar’s arrival in Kabul, pro-Taliban social media accounts confirmed Khalil Haqqani—one in all America’s most-wanted terrorists with a $5 million bounty on his head – saying that Ahmad Massoud—the son of Afghanistan’s most famed anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud—had “declared allegiance” to the motion.

Massoud had earlier this week appealed to the United States to provide arms to his resistance motion within the Panjshir Valley, northeast of Kabul, saying he needed to comply with in his father Ahmad Shah Massoud’s footsteps.

Massoud’s name additional stoked the fears expressed earlier by the US in regards to the breakout of a civil warfare within the nation. Massoud has not issued any assertion to Haqqani’s announcement however his aides have mentioned that the negotiations with the Taliban had been nonetheless ongoing.

As the Taliban and different Afghan political leaders proceed their discussions on the formation of a brand new authorities, a senior Taliban official instructed Reuters that the framework for the creation of the brand new authorities was anticipated to be introduced within the subsequent few days.

“The Taliban will announce the framework of the new government in the next few days,” mentioned a senior Taliban member in keeping with Afghanistan’s Tolo information company. “Taliban’s legal, religious and foreign policy experts are working to prepare the framework,” he added.

This comes as former president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the pinnacle of the High Council of National Reconciliation met with Abdul Rahman Mansour, the appearing governor of Kabul wherein they mentioned safety of Kabul metropolis and safety of individuals’s lives and properties.

Abdullah, a senior official within the ousted authorities, confirmed in a tweet that he and Karzai met on Saturday with Taliban’s appearing governor for Kabul, who “assured us that he would do everything possible for the security of the people” of town.

Anas Haqqani, one other key chief within the community, who was within the capital, additionally had a gathering with Karzai and Abdullah. Afghan officers aware of talks below manner within the capital say the Taliban have mentioned they won’t make bulletins on their authorities till the August 31 deadline for the US troop withdrawal.

Khalil Haqqani has additionally met with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar—a former bitter rival through the brutal civil warfare of the early 1990s. And in keeping with Afghanistan’s Khaama information company, Hashamt Ghani Ahmadzai, brother of President Ashraf Ghani, backed the Taliban by swearing allegiance. In a video clip, Hashamt Ghani was proven as pledging allegiance to key Taliban chief Khalilur Rahman, the company mentioned.

The flurry of conferences comes amid stories that anti-Taliban forces declare they’ve taken three districts near Panjshir. Defence Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi, who has vowed to withstand the Taliban, mentioned in a tweet that the districts of Deh Saleh, Bano and Pul-Hesar within the Baghlan province to the north of Panjshir had been taken. It was not instantly clear what forces had been concerned.

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Meanwhile, the United States on Saturday urged its residents in Afghanistan to keep away from touring to the Kabul airport for now, citing “potential security threats” near its gates. The warning, posted on the web site of the US Embassy in Afghanistan and tweeted by the State Department in Washington, supplied no element on the character of the menace.

But circumstances outdoors Hamid Karzai International Airport have been chaotic amid the crush of individuals hoping to flee the Taliban takeover of the nation. A senior US official mentioned that potential Islamic State (IS) threats in opposition to Americans had been forcing the US navy to develop new methods to get evacuees to the airport in Kabul.

A senior Taliban official instructed AFP that safety dangers couldn’t be dominated out at Kabul airport the place hundreds collect every day attempting to depart. The Taliban are “aiming to improve the situation and provide a smooth exit” on the airport over the weekend, he mentioned.


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