The Taliban has said that Afghanistan will soon have a “regular, disciplined and strong” army of its own.
Qari Fasihuddin, acting army chief in the Taliban regime, made the statement during a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday.
Discussions are underway to decide on the formation of a “regular, disciplined and strong army” in the near future, Qari Fasihuddin said. He added that soldiers will be trained to defend the boundaries of Afghanistan.
In a Tweet, Taliban spokesman Ahmadullah Muttaqi also confirmed that Afghanistan will “soon have a well-organised army and force”.
“We will not let a civil war erupt. Those disturbing security and stability will be trampled and those opposing the Taliban will be arrested,” Taliban army chief Qari Fasihuddin was quoted as saying.
Interestingly, the Ashraf Ghani administration had declared Qari Fasihuddin dead in 2019 as a result of an airstrike in Wardoj.
Known as one of the fiercest commanders within the Taliban, Qari Fasihuddin is also known as the “conqueror of the north.”Afghanistan had an army between 2002 and the Taliban takeover of the country on August 15 this year.
Formed in 2002, the Afghan National Army was, according to some reports, over 1.8 lakh-strong. The Afghan National Army was trained by the United States and other NATO member nations.