FILE: Amrullah Saleh addresses the media at a press conference in Kabul, 07 June 2006. [Photo: SHAH MARAI/AFP via Getty Images]

KABUL, Afghanistan – First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said the Taliban consider the ceasefire a political defeat, believing they make people thirsty for the grave-kind of peace like the one in 90s by incalculable killings.

According to Saleh, defeat of the Taliban is inevitable; because it is not possible to impose their method by force on people and the pluralistic society of Afghanistan, nor do the Taliban have a political agenda the people can rely on.

The main reason for increase in the Taliban’s “absurd and bloody” attacks on Afghan people is the group’s fear and ignorance of political developments, he said.

Saleh exclaimed the Taliban have underestimated the national will of the people; launched many attacks with a misconception of the peace process.

In many parts of Afghanistan, where violence has increased, the Taliban faced resistance by locals, Saleh said. Therefore, the Taliban will not reap any strategic or political benefits from the bloodshed; because violence as a political tool is hated and rejected.

Unfortunately, we will experience another phase of the crisis to break this mentality that is based on murder, he further said.

According to Saleh, the Taliban’s claim is unattractive and all their attention and investment is to keeping the society in darkness and ignorance so they can secure their proxy rule.

“The society has never shed tears for the death of any Talib and will never do so,” he said. “A Talib himself has never cried for his own death and will not shed tears, because the string of emotions in this group [Taliban] is neutral and suffocated.”

Saleh is known for his tough stance against the Taliban insurgents, as he has a several times escaped deadly attack by the group.


  • 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.