Afghan Taliban commanders willing for peace talks if given safety guarantees

Written by: Ani
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London, Feb 2(ANI): Taliban commanders in Afghanistan have said that they are willing to explore peace talks with the Hamid Karzai-led government, if they can have more solid guarantees about their own future and safety.

"If I am sure that our conditions will be met and we'll have dignity and respect, then there will be no excuse to fight," the BBC quoted a Taliban commander, as saying. But at the moment we cannot trust the Afghan government and Americans. They are not sincere in what they say," he added.

Many commanders echoed these views, complaining that they are victims of a plot to divide and weaken them.

"The Afghan government brings in fake Taliban and say they have surrendered. Americans have also made promises with many people that in exchange for reintegration, they will do this and that for the Taliban," said Mullah Malang, a Taliban commander from Nooristan.

"But when they surrender, they are arrested and then taken to Bagram or Guantanamo [prisons]," he added.

One former Taliban commander from Kandahar said that he had entered into an amnesty deal with the government, but was now in constant danger.

"First of all, they promised us that they would give us protection. We were also told they would give us a house and find a job for us to feed our families," the man said.

"All these promises were not fulfilled. We have not been given anything. They just gave us around 50 dollars and that was it," he added. (ANI)

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