- Zabiullah Mujahid said Afghan land would not be used against anybody, even Pakistan.
- Mujahid agrees with Pakistan’s concerns as a neighbor.
- Afghanistan wants to join CPEC, says Taliban spokesman
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed on Monday that the new Afghan government in the war-torn country will resolve all problems of concern to Pakistan.
The Taliban commander was conducting a news conference soon after the organization announced it had seized Panjshir Valley, the anti-Taliban stronghold.
“Pakistan’s concerns as a neighboring country are legitimate,” Mujahid added. “The territory of Afghanistan would not be utilized against any country, including Pakistan,” he said.
Islamabad has expressed concern in recent days after the Taliban released senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders and hundreds of other detainees in Kabul, following the group’s consolidation of control over Afghanistan.
Mujahid said that Afghanistan was eager to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and that Afghanistan wants to engage in economic activities with the rest of the world.
Any insurgency would be ‘struck hard,’ says Taliban spokesperson Mujahid, who also announced that Afghan troops, along with Taliban militants, will be invited to rejoin their security forces.
After previously declaring that they had conquered the Panjshir Valley, the final pocket of resistance, the spokesperson warned that any insurgency against their authority would be “struck hard.”
“The Islamic Emirate is very concerned about insurgencies.” Anyone who attempts to launch an insurgency will be severely punished. “We will not tolerate it again,” Mujahid said.
“Without a doubt, anybody who takes up weapons and begins another resistance will be our adversary.”
“The battle has ended, and the country is emerging from the crisis.” It is now time for reconciliation and rebuilding. We need people to back us up.”
Three weeks after taking power but with no government announced, the spokesperson stated an “interim” system will be announced first to allow for adjustments.
“Final choices have been made, and we are currently working on technical problems,” he said.
“As soon as the technical problems are addressed, we will declare the new government.”
The reopening of Kabul’s airport, which was the site of a major US-led evacuation operation that ended last week, is a critical issue for the Taliban.
Qatar has been working with the Taliban to reopen the airport, and Mujahid said that “real attempts” were being made to reopen it.
“Technical experts from Qatar, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates are working hard to fix the equipment,” he added, adding that international flights will resume “soon.”
Since taking power last month, the Taliban have been widely condemned by the international world, with many believing that the government would be comparable to the harsh dictatorship that ruled from 1996 to 2001.
At the press conference, Mujahid informed the media that “Afghanistan has the right to be recognized.”
“The international world should establish embassies in Kabul,” he said.