Sayyaf: Taliban War Un-Islamic, It Destroys Afghanistan


Former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf on Tuesday once again blasted in strong words Taliban’s so-called Jihad in Afghanistan, calling the war in opposition to Islam and against the will of people of Afghanistan.

Addressing a ceremony in Kabul commemorating the second death anniversary of former Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Sayyaf stated that Taliban’s war was neither Jihad nor in the interest of the country.

“They [Taliban] think they fight for the country but in fact they ruin the country,” said Sayyaf, who is popular for being a strong anti-Taliban figure. “It is not for Islam and it is not Jihad.”

In addition, he praised the sacrifices of security forces fighting the militant groups.

Security forces are “obliged to fight Taliban” to defend the country, he continued.

Abdullah Abdullah, CEO of National Unity Government, was also present at the event where he maintained that government’s efforts to make peace with Taliban didn’t mean to surrender to the group.

“Those who reject the call for peace are responsible for their lives themselves,” Abdullah warned.

Officials from High Peace Council (HPC) were also present at the ceremony where they insisted the past achievements would not be jeopardized in peace negotiations with Taliban.

Deputy head of HPC Abdul Karim Khalili, who was the second Vice President in Hamid Karzai’s government, declared that no one would be allowed to compromise on the gains of past 15 years in the peace talks with Taliban.

Discussions on peace talks keep circulating these days as the Afghan government and the Taliban are expected to hold a face-to-face talks in few days in neighboring Pakistan, who has long been accused of harboring militant groups in the country.

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