Ready to end fight if foreign troops exit guaranteed: Taliban splinter group

mullah-mohammad-rasoolKABUL: A splinter group of the Taliban in Afghanistan has said the group is ready to end fighting if the exit of the foreign troops from the country is guaranteed.

The group led by Mullah Mohammad Rasool, an arch rival of the slain Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, has said the government should guarantee the exit of foreign troops.

A spokesman for the group Mullah Manan Niazi has endorsed the current system in the country, saying it is hundred percent in line with the Islamic values and is greater than the neighboring Islamic countries.

He said the group is prepared to sit for peace talks with the Afghan government and the process should owned and led by the Afghan people.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting efforts are underway to reach to an agreement between the Afghan government and the Mullah Rasool group.

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar earlier said the Taliban splinter group led by Mullah Rasool is ready to join peace process.

Hekmatyar made the remarks during a video message during which he signed a landmark peace deal with the Afghan government following months of negotiations and efforts involving the Afghanistan High Peace Council. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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