AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government has called on the Taliban group to renounce violence or face the same fate as their leaders.
The statement by the Afghan government was given shortly after the group announced the successor of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a US drone strike in Pakistan.
The government said ‘Taliban groups have yet another opportunity to end and renounce violence, lay down their armds, and resume normal and peaceful life.’
However, the government said the Taliban will face the same fate as their leadership if they chose to pursue violence.
The statement by the Afghan government comes as the US Department of State said Tuesday that the militants will be targeted and will have no safe haven if they continue to attack the Afghan and US forces.
“And I also think that it sends the message that the Taliban must decide what its future is going to be and whether it’s going to be part of a peaceful political future for Afghanistan. And there is a path towards that,” Mark C. Toner, deputy spokesperson for the State Department, told reporters.
He also added ” And I also think that it sends the message that the Taliban must decide what its future is going to be and whether it’s going to be part of a peaceful political future for Afghanistan. And there is a path towards that.”
The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mansoor was targeted in the vicinity of Balochistan province of Pakistan late on Saturday afternoon.
The Taliban group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansoor after almost four days and announced his successor Mawlavi Haibtullah Akhundzda. -KP
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