Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem Wardak speaks to media on September 12, 2020 in Doha. [Photo: SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA]

DOHA, Qatar – The Taliban’s Spokesman Mohammad Naeem Wardak said Wednesday in Doha the group will not agree to a ceasefire unless the main cause of the war is discussed on the peace ‘negotiating table’, according to sources.

While the Taliban claim to have reduced violence in Afghanistan since beginning of the peace process, the Afghan government said the group has intensified war throughout the country amid peace talks, which is “unacceptable”.

“It does not make sense to end 20 years of war in one hour,” Wardak told TOLOnews reporter Karim Amini in Doha. “In our perspective, it will be logical to discuss the main aspects of the problems and the war and then finalize a ceasefire so that the problem is resolved permanently.”

“Suppose, if we announce a ceasefire today, but then we fail to reach an agreement at the negotiating table tomorrow, do we go toward the war again? What does this mean?” he elaborated.

Highlighting their vision on peace negotiations, the Taliban spokesman said they have two objectives: first “to end the invasion of Afghanistan, the other one was that there is a true Islamic system that is answerable to the public and the nation.”

“We have entered the peace process with a strong will and determination, we want this problem finally to be resolved,” Wardak said as quoted by TOLOnews. “The process is complicated and it has its own complexities, but we are hopeful that the problems come to an end.”

Roughly a week has passed by, yet both the Afghan and Taliban delegations have to finalize the talks’ mechanism and agenda, which will not only determine a political settlement in the country, but also the achievement of the past two decades.  


  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.