In an unique interview with DawnNewsTV, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has stated that if the Taliban do find yourself having a say within the Afghan polity at some point, they’ll strategy Pakistan “as a brother and a neighbour”, in search of “complete ties based mostly on mutual respect, simply as we search such relations with all different neighbours.”
He acknowledged that Pakistan had remained “an important hub” for Afghan refugees throughout the Soviet invasion, and that it was even thought-about a “second house” by Afghans.
Chatting with DawnNewsTV, Mujahid additionally outlined the motivation for talks with the US, the situations during which they’re ready to barter and their imaginative and prescient for a brand new political order, whereas insisting that the Taliban are holding talks with the US “on their very own initiative”.
Responding to a query relating to the timing of the talks, Mujahid defined that, even previous to the US invasion, the Taliban had requested Washington to have interaction in dialogue as an alternative of struggle.
He added that that they had ultimately even opened a political workplace in Doha in 2013 for this function, however Washington had been unwilling to barter on the time.
The spokesperson stated that now that the US is prepared to speak, they’ve determined to have interaction with them.
On a query relating to Pakistan’s function in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating desk, Mujahid stated: “There isn’t any function being performed by any outdoors nation. This has at all times been our personal initiative and coverage.”
Taliban’s ‘essential function’ in ‘upcoming’ Afghan political system
Mujahid stated that the Taliban would have an “essential function” within the new political order in Afghanistan, however declined to elaborate “earlier than the appropriate time”.
“Once we say we would like an inclusive political system, we imply that the [future] authorities will characterize all ethnicities of Afghanistan,” he stated, including: “All will serve in it, and all will look [after the country’s affairs] themselves with none arguments”.
Taliban’s structure to be according to Shariah
The spokesperson stated that whereas the Taliban wouldn’t have a codified manifesto, their “clear” targets have been the tip of the occupation of Afghanistan, institution of an Islamic authorities, institution of peace and safety, reconstruction of Afghanistan and the supply of administrative providers.
Mujahid stated that, “certainly,” the structure of the incumbent Kabul administration “was drafted below the occupation of and pursuits of America”.
“No nation would ever settle for a structure drafted and imposed upon them whereas they have been being bombed,” he stated.
“Our society is almost 100 per cent Muslim: our structure might be drafted for us and applied in gentle of the teachings of [the] Shariah.”
As per the spokesman, when the Taliban create their ‘Islamic authorities’, they’ll make the “required” adjustments and “appropriate” these stipulations within the Afghan structure “that are in violation of the Shariah”.
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He stated that after full independence is attained by Afghanistan, students from throughout the society might be gathered and the “present errors” within the structure could be highlighted and rectified.
“I can’t level out all of the specifics as a result of such work wants the evaluation and analysis of certified students. Following [their analysis] all errors might be made recognized.”
No discussions on interim govt
Responding to a query relating to the potential formation of an interim authorities in Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesperson stated that that they had neither held any discussions relating to an interim authorities nor had they proposed such an concept.
Standing of ladies
Mujahid stated that the society envisioned by the Taliban was “an Islamic society” they usually needed to arrange a framework of rights “that don’t violate Islamic ideas […] [and are accorded] to all female and male members of society.”
“Our nation has sacrificed two million individuals for this nice goal; nonetheless, the issues of the previous being alluded to aren’t all based mostly on actuality however are principally based mostly on propaganda,” the spokesperson stated in reference to the issues of Afghan ladies and rights teams who concern a return of the identical restrictions that girls had confronted some 20 years in the past when the Taliban have been in energy within the nation.
“No matter issues that did exist on the time have been both as a result of we have been within the very early levels [of forming our political ideology], or as a result of it was the necessity of that point given the previous struggle and corruption and the necessity for severe reform.”
He acknowledged that the scenario right this moment was completely different.
“The mental capability of individuals has expanded and a whole lot of experiences have been gained; therefore there shall be no issues in affording men and women all their rights sooner or later,” he stated.
Ongoing assaults throughout the peace course of
The Taliban spokesperson stated that whereas they have been holding talks with the US in Doha, that they had not but reached any conclusion that will entail an instantaneous finish to hostilities in opposition to the US and its home supporters.
He added that, even in Moscow, nothing concrete was achieved that will compel them to finish the struggle and navy stress.
“We’re compelled to wage struggle. Our enemies are attacking us; subsequently, we’re additionally combating them,” he stated.
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Speaking to Kabul will ‘have ramifications’
Explaining the Taliban place on refusing to speak to Kabul, Mujahid stated that any talks with the Ghani regime would have symbolic ramifications.
He stated that if the Taliban have been to carry talks with the Kabul authorities, it could imply that that they had “accepted this stooge regime as a professional authorities [even though it was] imposed upon us by plane and [the] bombing of invaders”.
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He defined that this may entail an acknowledgement that the Taliban have been, actually, “rebels” quite than a professional second energy.
“However within the situation the place nobody accepts the imposed authorities, all agreements reached between the Afghan individuals and our Mujahideen might be binding [as a pact between equals],” he added.
He stated that talks between two opposing powers are supposed to obtain a mutual decision to excellent points and the re-establishment of peace and stability. “This course of doesn’t imply [a] partnership with anybody,” he stated.
Mujahid added that the Taliban imagine that so long as Afghanistan is occupied, ceasefires and intra-Afghan talks wouldn’t quantity to a lot.
“The shadow of occupation lingers over every thing: decision-making energy is with the invaders, whereas our leaders are attacked and bombed,” he stated. He insisted that below such situations, they don’t see a possibility for intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire.
“We in the beginning should put an finish to the occupation after which give attention to resolving our inside points.”
Assist for Al Qaeda prior to now was a ‘non secular and cultural necessity’
Responding to a query relating to the Taliban’s earlier help to and safety of the Al Qaeda management, which led to the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Mujahid acknowledged that: “The Islamic Emirate sheltered these international Mujahideen [Al Qaeda operatives] that had arrived in Afghanistan throughout the interval of jihad in opposition to the Soviet Union and remained behind as [an] inheritance. Their safety was a non secular and cultural necessity.”
Nonetheless, he added that at present there was “nobody that wanted [the Taliban’s] shelter”, and said that “the Islamic Emirate shall by no means enable anybody to hurt others from our soil.”