The Afghan Taliban have extended their amnesty to the deposed president and vice president Ashraf Ghani and Amrullah Saleh respectively, allowing the two to return to Afghanistan if they so wished.
Senior Taliban leader Khalil ur Rahman Haqqani, in an interview with Geo News, said, “There is no enmity” between the group and Ashraf Ghani, Amrullah Saleh, and former national security advisor, Hamdullah Mohib.”
Haqqani said, “We forgive Ashraf Ghani, Amrullah Saleh, and Hamdullah Mohib,” adding that enmity between the Taliban and the three was only based on religion.
The leader said, “We forgive everyone from our end; from the general (who fought in the war against us) to the common man.”
He also urged people not to flee the country, adding that the “enemy” was spreading propaganda that the Taliban will exact revenge on them.
“Tajiks, Balochs, Hazaras, and Pashtuns are all our brothers. All Afghans are our brothers and hence, they can return to the country. The sole reason for our enmity was driven by the ambition to change the system. And the system has now changed,” he added.
Haqqani said the Taliban were not the ones, who went to war against the US adding that the group had decided to take up arms against the US after it invaded their homeland and fought against its culture, religion, and country.
“The Americans were using weapons against us, on our homeland,” he said, adding that God gave the Taliban American weapons as the spoils of war.
He said that the Taliban had achieved a huge victory over their enemies, adding that the Afghanistan Army consisted of 350,000 troops and was supported by the US, NATO, and other countries.
He even added “Highly capable, educated people will form the government in Afghanistan,” he vowed. “People who unite the masses will be included in the new government.”
Promising a government that would represent all groups within Afghanistan, Haqqani said people from all schools of thought were pledging their allegiance to the Taliban.