Pakistan can rest assured it will not have any threat from Afghanistan: Zabihullah Mujahid


KABUL: Spokesperson of the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Friday said that Pakistan can rest assured it will “not have any threat from Afghanistan”.Speaking online at an international conference hosted by the Pak-Afghan Youth Forum titled “Rebuilding Afghanistan Together”, at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad, Mujahid said Afghanistan hopes Pakistan’s help to the Afghan nation will continue “in terms of its peace efforts and increasing the bilateral trade and commerce”, according to a statement issued after the event. The spokesperson said that Afghanistan “appreciates the longstanding contributions of Pakistan towards the Afghan people”.Show host Saleem Safi asked the spokesman if the Taliban will speak to the TTP to not engage in conflict with Pakistan. In response, Mujahid said: “The future government will have the rightful say about this. However, our principle stance is that we will not allow the use of our soil by anyone for destroying peace in someone else’s country.” He said that if the TTP consider the Afghan Taliban as their leaders, “they will have to listen to them, whether they like it or not”.The Taliban spokesman added: “The issue of the TTP is one that Pakistan will have to deal with, not Afghanistan. It is up to Pakistan, and Pakistani ulema and religious figures, not the Taliban, to decide on the legitimacy or illegitimacy of their war and to formulate a strategy in response.” In today’s remarks at the conference, Mujahid also spoke of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying that the extension of the corridor, that links it with Afghanistan, “is very important”.


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