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Taliban is ordered to kill Afghans by Qatar, Says President Ghani’s spokesperson

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Spokesperson for the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Sadiq Sediqi while speaking at a press conference held in Kabul last evening said that a partial peace deal with the Taliban which becomes the reason for their death is unacceptable to the Afghan citizens.

Sediqi criticized the Taliban delegation staying in Qatar for peace dialogue by calling it their “Honeymoon period in Doha,” and further claimed that “Taliban officials are ordered by Qatar to kill Afghans.”

Sediqi further informed that negotiation deal in Qatar was still unfinished and the government of Afghanistan has also mentioned the worries to the US regarding the distorted process.

President Ghani’s spokesperson told that US President Trump’s decision to abort talks with Taliban leaders on Saturday last week was evidence that the government’s worries were taken into consideration. Trump called off the peace talks with the Taliban leaders following the attack of Kabul that left an American soldier and 11 other civilians dead. The talks were officially cancelled after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sediqi added, “ The Afghan government was optimistic about a positive result that would lead to a ceasefire but despite holding direct dialogue with the Taliban, no real intention was visible from their side. Talks had provided a platform to the Taliban to clutch the political path.”

A statement from the office of President Ghani clarified that it was dedicated to working in collaboration with the US and other allies towards, “ dignified and long-lasting peace.”

Ghani is in the quest for a second term as the President in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for September 28, but the Taliban have appealed for the cancellation of the elections keeping it as the condition to sign a peace deal with the US. The statement by Ghani’s office said that Afghanistan will hold presidential elections this month.

Ghani’s office said in a statement it was committed to working together with the United States and allies for a “dignified and long-lasting peace.” He added that the country will be holding the presidential election this month.

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