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Taliban has no reason to continue violence: NSA Mohib

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: In the backdrop of US President Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of American troops, Afghan Nationals security advisor Hamdullah Mohib and India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke on Friday morning. This is the first-ever high-level engagement between the two sides and comes just two days after the announcement came from Washington, according to Indian media. NSA Mohib speaking at an event virtually, confirmed the call and said, “I spoke to Ajit Doval this morning about our views and shared what we think should go and happen,” he said late on Friday.
The Afghan NSA speaking at the Raisana 2021 event, NSA Mohib said any further push means that there is direct involvement in Afghanistan, by a neighbor which can be very dangerous. “Nationalistic forces in Afghanistan are very angry, upset over this.”
He also said: “If this “limit is passed, then I think, there would be huge problem for the said neighbor in their country by all Afghans who are there and from within Afghanistan. There could be hug blowback which can be destructive for the neighbor”.
On Taliban, he said, “Taliban has no reason to continue violence in Afghanistan, the reason, why they continued, are totally out the picture and its time they make real peace with Afghan government, become part of the mainstream political society”. Adding, “They need to know, they can’t take power by force, they can start a civil war but not come to power through that…”
He expressed confidence in the capabilities of ANDSAF or Afghans National Defense and Security Force.  He said, “I see it as a time where Afghan take care of the full security situation in our country…Afghanistan doesn’t need US combat troops on the ground, what we need is support to ANDSAF, which we have been told will continue.”
Since 2014, ANDSAF has been in charge, and since the US- Taliban pact of last year, 94% of combat offensive operations have been done by them independently. Dismissing the parallels in Afghanistan when it comes to the 1990s, Mohib said,” Afghanistan is not what it was, but one thing is for certain, those parallels do not reflect the realities of Afghanistan.”

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