The Taliban’s negotiating team member in Doha and spokesman for international media of the group Suhail Shaheen said that no peace is possible until the new government in Afghanistan.

Suhail Shaheen in his interview with Associated Press said ceasefire with the Kabul administration (Afghan government) is neither realistic nor a pragmatic move.

The remarks of ceasefire denial come at a time when the Afghan government and the Taliban are preparing for a second meeting of the one carried out in Doha earlier this week between the two sides.

The Taliban are purportedly suggesting a three-month armistice in return for the release of the remaining seven thousand Taliban detainees.

On monopoly of power, Suhail Shaheen said that they do not want a monopoly of power and are willing to replace a government that will be acceptable to all. He said power was monopolized in the past which failed governments and the Taliban will not repeat failure experiences.

Only two days after a coalition of US media outlets demanded visas for their Afghan colleagues, Shaheen in his interview assured them not to be threatened by the fighters. He further added that Afghan journalists especially those who have worked with international media can continue working.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.