Afghan Taliban reject Turkey peace talks, vow for jihad till foreign forces on Afghan soil
KABUL: Rejecting reports about the participation of their representatives in a conference held in Istanbul city of Turkey, the Taliban said on late Saturday night it was a fake process.
According to some media reports, the representatives of two Taliban factions, Hizb-e-Islami and High Peace Council of Afghanistan are holding a gathering in Istanbul to discuss the Afghan peace process.
A representative of the Taliban’s movement under the leadership of Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada is also attending the conference, the reports suggested.
However, spokesman for Taliban movement Zabihullah Mujahid rejected these reports as false and said: “The media reports about the participation of Islamic Emirate’s representative in the conference held in Turkey have no reality. We neither have any representative there, nor could any participant represent Islamic Emirate in the conference. Such fake processes are part of intelligence conspiracies and an effort to damage the ongoing jihad.”
According to media reports, a conference was kicked off in Istanbul city of Turkey to discuss the Afghan peace process.
Members of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan of Engineer Gulbadin Hekmatyar, two representatives of Taliban faction known as High Council of Islamic Emirate under the leadership of Mullah Muhammad Rasool and members of High Peace Council of Afghanistan are attending the gathering.
According to the media reports, a representative of Taliban movement under the leadership of Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundzada is also participating in the gathering. However, the Taliban rejected the reports as false and baseless.
Such gatherings had been reportedly held in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Turkey in the past. However, these conferences have not produced any positive outcomes for the Afghan peace process.
The Afghan government, Hizb-e-Islami, High Peace Council and the Taliban faction led by Mullah Muhammad Rasool have not said anything about the fresh conference held in Turkey till the filling of this report.