Afghan Taliban breakaway faction shows willingness for peace talks

Afghan Taliban breakaway faction shows willingness for peace talks
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KABUL: A senior leader of a breakaway Taliban faction group of Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi expressed willingness to hold peace talks with Afghan Government .

He claimed that he has no faith in government  but will demand the imposition of Islamic law and departure of all foreign troops from the country.

He claimed that he will participate in peace talks only when the above mentioned demands will be met.

Niazi was a deputy to Mullah Mohammad Rasool and split from Taliban last summer with his 200 followers after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar .

After the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar , Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was chosen as commander in chief of Taliban who died earlier this month in a US drone strike and Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada replaced him days later.

US and NATO forces have ended their combat mission in 2014 but thousands of troops are still present in Afghanistan to provide training and support ot Afghan forces in counter-terrorism operations.

After the death of Mullah Mansoor, Taliban have boosted their campaign against Afghan government and targeted Afghan troops in a series of attacks.

 

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