Members of the Supreme Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan issued a statement, on Friday, 27th May, calling the Taliban’s recent actions, including convening the Loya Jirga and forming the Return and Communications with Former Afghan Officials and Political Figures Commission, a “ploy” that they “firmly reject.”

While the Taliban lacks national and international legitimacy, the council claimed that the Taliban had made “desperate efforts” to gain support from the Afghan people and the international community, as well as to rule the “oppressed” people for a period of time.

The council said in a statement that the Taliban were staging a “sinister plot” by hosting a “show”, referring to the meeting of the “Great Assembly of Afghans” at the behest of a pre-determined plan.

The National Resistance Council for the Salvation of Afghanistan, according to the statement, denies both Taliban attempts, calling them “an insult to the collective consciousness of the people, a disdain to political figures and their complicity in the Taliban’s crimes, and a play on the international community’s thoughts.”

“The Taliban must understand that no conscientious political figure, no committed and diligent scholar, and no brave and patriotic woman is willing turn a blind eye on the blood of Afghanistan’s oppressed people and their just demands and partake in the group’s crime,” the statement stated.

The council also said the Taliban should know that the group’s treatment of domestic politicians, its violence against women and former regime employees, is the best measure of how it treats others.

The Supreme Council of Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan has stated that instead of these “ridiculous tricks and games,” the Taliban should seek realistic and viable solutions to the country’s present situation.

According to the council, the Taliban must comply with the legitimate demands of the Afghan people, including the formation of a transitional government and then a regime based on the people’s will through general elections, in order to bring real change to the country and bring stability, security, and prosperity to the country.

The statement comes as the Taliban has established a commission to invite and protect political figures inside the country. In addition, the group plans to hold an assembly in Kabul, labeling it the Loya Jirga, to obtain internal legitimacy.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).