Conflicts & War

Taliban leader vows Afghan-inclusive Islamic system after US departure

Kabul, May 9 (EFE).- Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada on Sunday vowed to form an Afghan-inclusive Islamic system in the war-ravaged country after the departure of the foreign troops.

“Following the end of occupation, we shall have an Afghan-inclusive Islamic system in which all people shall feel a sense of representation, and none shall have their rights violated,” Akhundzada said in his Eid message.

The Muslim festival, marking the end of Ramadan fasting, will be celebrated on May 12 or 13.

Akhundzada said the Taliban “prioritize negotiations and understanding” in moving forward with intra-Afghan negotiations that began in September.

He blamed the government for a stalemate in talks after it “repeatedly tried to sabotage the ongoing political process.”

He called on the Afghans “to end all attempts at continuing the war.”

“This land is the shared home of all Afghans. We must unite upon Islamic injunctions and protect ourselves from all discord and prejudice,” he said.

He said Afghanistan was “on the verge of complete freedom and independence.”

The Taliban leader warned of consequences if the United States failed to live up to its troop withdrawal commitments by September.

President Joe Biden has vowed to pull out all American soldiers from Afghanistan by Sep.11 to mark the symbolic 20th anniversary of al-Qaeda attacks in the US. The long-drawn withdrawal plan began on May 1.

Akhundzada said it was “a good step” and urged the US and the government in Kabul to implement all parts of a peace agreement the Taliban signed with America in Doha in February 2020.

He urged Taliban fighters not to violate the rights of anyone anywhere.

“Our homeland will be in dire need of reconstruction and self-sufficiency following independence,” he said.

He urged the Afghans to contribute to the redevelopment of Afghanistan as “a prosperous and progressive country in the shade of an Islamic system.” EFE


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