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Pakistan our second home, want good ties with India: Taliban

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‘Pakistan has no role to play in Taliban’s Afghan capture’

Taliban on Wednesday said that Pakistan is like a second home for them and also want good ties with India. The group vowed to deepen trade and strategic ties with the countries peacefully.

In an interview with Pakistan-based news organisation ARY News, the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, said: “Afghanistan shares its borders with Pakistan. We are traditionally aligned when it comes to religion, the people of both countries mingle with each other. So we are looking forward to further deepening of ties with Pakistan.”

He also said that Pakistan has no role to play in the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan, saying the neighbouring country has never interfered in their affairs.

Mujahid further said that Pakistan and India should sit together to resolve their outstanding issues, adding that Taliban desire good relations with all the countries, including India.

Amid speculation around government formation in Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesperson said they want a government that is strong and based on Islam and Afghans are part of it.

News agency Reuters quoting Al Jazeera news channel reported on Wednesday that former Guantanamo detainee Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir has been named acting defence minister by the Taliban.

The Taliban have so far not formally announced the appointments, but Mujahid told ARY News that a government will be in place before the US leaves Afghanistan on August 31.

“We are working on it,” said Mujahid, adding that the US should not delay its plan to withdraw American soldiers.

Mujahid also said that the Taliban won’t allow Afghan soil to be used against any other country.

He added that Taliban have seized control of all areas restoring peace and normalcy in the country.

 

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