The Taliban have rejected allegations that Pakistan had been interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, saying the group “acted with complete freedom”.
“The interference of Pakistan is a rumour that has been spread about for 20 years… we don’t allow interference,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said while addressing a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday.
Mujahid added that the group acted with “complete freedom” and defeated those countries which “had been occupying” Afghanistan.
“From the outset, we fought for the sake of Islam and this country [Afghanistan],” he added.
The top spokesperson said that certain elements are trying to create rifts between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We have sacrificed for the defence and for the people of this country and will not allow any interference.”
A day earlier, Zabihullah Mujahid had reiterated that Pakistan’s concerns on various issues were justified and the group would address those concerns.
The Taliban’s assurance to Pakistan came after Interior Minister Shiekh Rashid said in Islamabad that the suicide bombers in the recent Gwadar and Quetta terrorist incidents had been identified and added that they had come from Afghanistan.
At the press conference in Kabul, Mujahid said that as a neighbour Pakistan’s concerns on various issues were justified and stressed: “The issues on which Pakistan is concerned will be resolved. Our land will not be used against Pakistan.”
He urged Pakistan to keep its borders open for the Afghans. “A Pakistani delegation came to Afghanistan to discuss law and order. The delegation talked to us about security and other issues. Pakistan is requested to keep the borders open for the Afghans,” he said.
Pakistan had played a key role in facilitating a historic peace deal between the US and the Afghan Taliban in February last year.
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