President Ashraf Ghani at a ceremony on Tuesday warned the Taliban that if violence continues, the group will face the fate of Daesh in the country.
“The Taliban wants the people to surrender by violence? This will only provoke the people so they treat you the way they treated Daesh,” Ghani said.
His comments come as the Afghan government is reportedly working on a list of delegates for an intra-Afghan dialogue conference in Beijing.
“Consultations are underway. These consultations are with politicians and civil society activists from diverse areas,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesman Gran Hewad said.
This follows yesterday’s speech by former President Hamid Karzai in which he talked of “problems” with the list of delegates being prepared for the China meeting.
“Doctor Ashraf Ghani requested that I remove my name from the list and I agreed with him. But I saw later that this was also asked of other people with their names on the list, and I did not agree with this,” Karzai told reporters in Kabul on Monday.
Sources close to the Taliban said the group has rejected the government’s proposed list of China meeting delegates because most of them were government officials.
The sources said that the Taliban has called for politicians, former Mujahideen leaders and representatives of political parties to attend the Beijing meeting.