The Taliban group reacted at the demands of the former Herat governor Mohammad Ismail Khan regarding the reconciliation process amid efforts are underway to persuade the group to take part in direct peace talks.

Taliban spokesman Mujahid issued a statement in reaction to Khan’s demands and claimed that the former governor of Herat has demanded from the Taliban to contact the Mujahideen leaders in a bid to find a peaceful resolution to end the violence.

He said Khan had the demand during a gathering to mark the national martyrs’ day and the offer was apparently made to open door for Taliban and Mujahideen contacts if the group is not prepapared to respond to government’s offer for peace process.

Mujahid also claimed that the Taliban group welcomes all those efforts which are aimed to end the violence but insists that such efforts must also aim at the complete withdrawal of the foreign forces.

The Taliban spokesman suggested in his statement that Ismail Khan should start negotiations with the political office of the Taliban group to find a way to end the presence of the foreign forces as well as the ongoing violence and conflict in the country.

This comes as the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says the recommendations of Hezb-e-Islami regarding the reconciliation process have been shared with the Afghan government, Taliban group, and the foreigners, including Washington.

Without disclosing further information regarding his party’s recommendations, Hekmatyar said he expects to receive a feedback from the concerned parties within a week or two.


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