Taliban shock Afghan government by refusing to negotiate

Kabul: – Taliban has refused to hold any talks with the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan. Taliban has accused that the Ashraf Ghani government is illegal. Therefore, the efforts to bring the Taliban and the Afghan government to a negotiating table have suffered a major jolt.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had formed a delegation, on Saturday, of 21 members, for the talks with Taliban. This delegation led by former Afghan security chief Masoom Stanekzai has representation from political leaders, government officials and representatives of various social groups in Afghanistan along with five women. This delegation was to hold talks with the Taliban.

US Special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the efforts of the Afghan government. Khalilzad expressed confidence that these talks will lead to the establishment of peace and order in Afghanistan. But Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid announced that Taliban leaders were not ready to talk to the Ghani government. Mujahid said that the delegation does not have a comprehensive representation of all the ethnic and social groups in Afghanistan and therefore, the talks are not possible. Afghan government dismissed the objection raised by the Taliban.

A peace deal was signed between the United States and Taliban, in February, at Doha, the capital of Qatar. Taliban had agreed to stop the attacks on the US soldiers, following the deal. The United States too had acceded to the Taliban demand of US military withdrawal. Taliban had repeatedly said that although the peace deal has been signed with the United States, the Taliban has still not awarded recognition to the Afghan government. Taliban continued with its attacks on the Afghan military. Therefore, it is now being indicated that Taliban is preparing to start a new conflict; challenging the validity of the government in Afghanistan.

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