Kabul: In the past 24 hours, the Afghan Army launched attacks in 12 provinces, killing 136 Taliban militants. At the same time, it arrested four individuals involved in drug smuggling, seizing nearly 400 kg of drugs. Even as the conflict in Afghanistan continues, the Taliban leader has shown willingness to put an end to it via negotiations with a political resolution.
The Afghanistan government and the Taliban are engaged in talks in Qatar’s capital Doha to find a solution to the conflict, ongoing in Afghanistan for the past two months. Currently, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the former CEO of Afghanistan and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and senior Taliban commander are in talks.The second day of negotiations is expected to end in an announcement of a ceasefire. As the whole world watches, Taliban head Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada has shown willingness to find a political solution for the situation during negotiations on Sunday.
‘The Taliban has taken control of most of Afghanistan’s territory. Even so, the Taliban is ready to reach a political settlement to the conflict. We will make use of every opportunity that presents itself for the establishment of an Islamic system, peace and stability,’ Akhundzada announced. On the other hand, the Taliban leader accused the Afghan government of wasting its time over peace talks. Akhundzada went on to warn that the reporters needed to understand that the Taliban’s Afghanistan will have the freedom of expression based on Islamic rules.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Army has launched airstrikes on key Taliban sites. It has initiated operations in Kandahar, Takhar, Parwan and Kapisa provinces. Reports suggest that the United States has supplied seven helicopters as air support for the Afghan military’s air operations.