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Afghan president calls on Pakistan to battle Taliban

Afghan President stepped back from attempts to engage Taliban in peace talks, vowing that Afghanistan will instead “execute” enemies of the state and prepare for an extended war

FoxNews reports: Afghanistan's president has called on Pakistan to battle the Taliban rather than try to bring them into peace talks. Ashraf Ghani made the remarks during an address to parliament on Monday, a week after a Taliban assault on the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed 64 people and wounded another 340.

Although his speech indicated a significant shift in policies, he left open the prospect for dialogue with Taliban fighters who put down their weapons. However, he condemned the broader Taliban organization and its Pakistan-based offshoot, the Haqqani network, “terrorists” and promised expanded attacks by the Afghan military.

The author of the article continues: “Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the Taliban. The Taliban leadership is widely believed to be based in Pakistani tribal regions along the border.

Ghani said there are "no good or bad terrorists, they are just terrorists," and that "Pakistan must understand that and act against them." In response, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid insisted that the militants would not back down. He called the Afghan leaders “mercenaries imposed on the nation” by their U.S. allies.

Obama’s administration that was trying to achieve a negotiated settlement on the 14-year Taliban insurgency along with Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China has ended has made little progress, which was clearly demonstrated by Ghani’s remarks.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

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