The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), strongly reacted at the recent remarks of Afghanistan Mahaz party chief Syed Hamid Gilani’s remarks regarding the leadership of the Taliban group.
Gilani on Saturday claimed that all the members of the leadership council of the Taliban are based in Afghanistan.
He also went on to claim that the Taliban leaders are prepared to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government and that his party will form a delegation with the Ulema Council members to start peace efforts.
However, the Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement said Monday that it condemns the recent remarks by Gilani regarding the Taliban group leadership.
The statement further added that the Taliban group leadership council members are all based on the other side of the Durand Line and in key cities of Pakistan.
NDS in statement also added that the international community also has a well understanding regarding the issue regarding the Taliban safe havens in Pakistan.
This comes as a senior US State Department official said last week that “We believe that there is significant evidence that leadership of the Haqqani Network resides inside Pakistan and is able to plan and execute from Pakistan attacks inside Afghanistan. So the disagreement is much more about those facts than it is on our overarching goals in the strategy. And we need them to address these sanctuaries in order for us to be able to be enabled to succeed in Afghanistan.”