Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: The chief of the Taliban mentioned Sunday that his motion is dedicated to a political settlement to finish many years of battle in Afghanistan, even as the insurgents battle in dozens of districts throughout to nation to realize territory.
The assertion by Maulawi Hibatullah Akhunzada got here as Taliban leaders have been assembly with a excessive-stage Afghan authorities delegation within the Gulf state of Qatar to leap-begin stalled peace talks. The Kabul delegation consists of the No. 2 within the authorities, Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan’s nationwide reconciliation council.
The talks resumed Saturday, forward of the 4-day Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha, which in lots of components of the world is predicted to begin Tuesday. A second session was to happen Sunday afternoon.
Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who’s in Qatar, beforehand expressed hopes for a discount in violence and presumably a stop-fireplace over Eid al-Adha.
Akhundzada mentioned that “in spite of the army features and advances, the Islamic Emirate strenuously favors a political settlement within the nation, and each alternative for the institution of an Islamic system.”
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is what the Taliban known as their authorities when they dominated the nation for 5 years, till their ouster by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001.
Still, there are few indicators of a political settlement on the horizon. Battles between the Taliban and authorities forces are persevering with in dozens of provinces, and 1000’s of Afghans are looking for visas in hopes of leaving the nation. Most are frightened that the ultimate withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops after almost 20 years will plunge their battle-ravaged nation into deeper chaos. With the U.S. withdrawal greater than 95% full, Afghanistan’s future appears mired in uncertainty.
Militias with a brutal historical past have been resurrected to battle the Taliban however their loyalties are to their commanders, many of them U.S.-allied warlords with ethnic-based mostly help.
This has raised the specter of deepening divisions between Afghanistan’s many ethnic teams. Most Taliban are ethnic Pashtuns and previously there have been brutal reprisal killings by one ethnic group towards one other.
In an indication of how little progress has been made in negotiations, either side are nonetheless haggling over terminology, unable to even agree on the identify for the battle-tortured nation. The Taliban are insisting on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Kabul needs the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Akhunzada’s assertion demanded an Islamic system with out explaining what that meant.
He promised to help schooling, however for women he mentioned the “Islamic Emirate will . . . try to create an acceptable setting for feminine schooling inside the framework of elegant Islamic legislation.”
He did not say how that differed from the tutorial establishments which have been created over the past 20 years and whether or not ladies can be allowed the liberty to work outdoors their house and transfer freely with out being accompanied by a male family member.
He mentioned the Taliban have ordered their commanders to deal with civilians with care and to guard establishments and infrastructure. Yet, reviews have emerged from areas coming underneath Taliban management that faculties have been burned, ladies have been restricted to their houses and a few authorities buildings have been blown up.
The Taliban have denied reviews of such destruction, saying that the footage being proven is outdated and accused the federal government of being engaged in disinformation and propaganda.

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