Taliban chief ‘favours political settlement’ to Afghan battle

Announcement comes amid group’s army advances and as peace talks between Afghan gov’t and Taliban resume in Doha.

The Taliban’s supreme chief Haibatullah Akhunzada has stated he “strenuously favours” a political settlement to the battle in Afghanistan even because the group launched a sweeping offensive throughout the nation.

The announcement on Sunday comes as representatives of the Afghan authorities and Taliban armed fighters sat down for a brand new spherical of talks in Doha over the weekend, stirring hopes that the long-stalled peace talks have been being resuscitated.

“Regardless of the army beneficial properties and advances, the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] strenuously favours a political settlement within the nation,” Akhunzada stated in a message launched forward of subsequent week’s Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha.

“Each alternative for the institution of an Islamic system, peace and safety that presents itself can be made use of by the Islamic Emirate,” he added.

For months, the 2 sides have been assembly on and off within the Qatari capital however have achieved little, if any, notable success, with the discussions showing to have misplaced momentum because the Taliban group made vital beneficial properties on the battlefield, particularly with overseas forces finalising their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The 2 sides began talks in Doha again on Saturday.

The Taliban chief stated his group remained dedicated to forging an answer to finish the conflict however slammed “the opposition events” for “losing time”.

“Our message stays that as a substitute of counting on foreigners, allow us to resolve our points amongst ourselves and rescue our homeland from the prevailing disaster,” he added.


Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid stated Akhunzada mentioned points raised by the Afghan individuals and worldwide group within the “elaborate” Eid message, the place he talked concerning the rights of ladies and minorities, the function of safety forces, and the way relations may be between an Afghanistan dominated by the Taliban and its neighbours.

“All through the primary day of talks, the environment has been described as amenable, and every part was being mentioned on the desk,” Bin Javaid stated, talking from exterior the talks in Doha.

“There was a variety of hope that the Afghan individuals have pinned on these talks, and the massive query is what are they going to yield.”

Bin Javaid stated each side are adamant in making an attempt to convey the opposite facet over, however whether or not something concrete will come out of the newest spherical of talks in Doha stays to be seen.

Taliban offensives

The Taliban fighters have capitalised on the final levels of the withdrawal of US and different overseas troops from Afghanistan to launch a collection of lightning offensives throughout giant swathes of the nation.

The group is now believed to regulate roughly half of the nation’s 400 districts, a number of essential border crossings, and have laid siege to a string of significant provincial capitals.

The Taliban have lengthy seemed to be united, working beneath an efficient chain of command, and finishing up complicated army campaigns regardless of perennial rumours of splits among the many organisation’s management.

Questions stay over how agency of a hand the Taliban’s leaders have with commanders on the bottom and whether or not they may have the ability to persuade them to abide by a possible settlement if signed.

The chief’s assertion notably made no point out of a proper ceasefire name for the Eid holidays.


Through the years, the Taliban have introduced a collection of quick truces throughout non secular holidays that originally spurred hopes {that a} bigger discount of violence can be applied within the nation.

Nevertheless, the group has extra not too long ago been criticised for utilizing the short-term ceasefires to resupply and replenish their fighters, permitting them to launch withering onslaughts on Afghanistan’s safety forces as soon as the truce expires.

The US-led army coalition has been on the bottom in Afghanistan for practically 20 years following an invasion launched within the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 assaults.

Fears are rising that Afghan forces can be overwhelmed with out the very important air assist they supply, permitting for an entire Taliban army takeover or the beginning of a multi-sided civil conflict in a rustic awash with giant stockpiles of weapons following practically 40 years of preventing.