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Taliban Seeking Power, Says Ex-NDS Chief Nabil

Rahmatullah Nabil, a presidential candidate and former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the Taliban does not believe in democracy and peace and the group is seeking to take over the “whole power” in the country.

Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada said in his Eid statement on Saturday that the group is not seeking to monopolize power and that they want a “real share” of all Afghans in government.  

Nabil, who addressed his supporters at a gathering in Kabul on Sunday, called on Afghan politicians not to be deceived by the Taliban’s position on the peace process in Afghanistan.

“Taliban wants to establish an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan and then bring weak-minded people as technocrats in government. Neither have they (Taliban) endorsed elections nor democracy,” he said.

Nabil said the way the Afghan political elites and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation are dealing with the peace process in Afghanistan is “wrong”.

“In the meetings where we have representatives of foreign countries is in-fact giving legitimacy to the Taliban and misinterpreting the explanation of the enemy,” Nabil as said as he stressed the need for recognizing “foe and friend” when it comes to peace talks.

“No one is against peace, but we should differentiate between peace and compromise. The deal will push the country towards crisis. I don’t see any doubt in the intention of those attended Moscow talks, but their approach is wrong because Afghans have paid the price for such discussions, but the Taliban and other countries were benefited,” said Nabil.

Nabil’s Stance on NUG Leaders

Nabil, meanwhile, blamed the National Unity Government leaders for using their authorities for campaign purposes.

Reports indicate that President Ghani, who traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting will visit Pakistan next month.

Nabil said Ghani’s trips abroad, particularly to Pakistan, is aimed at seeking support from different countries in the view of the presidential elections.  

Last week, President Ghani appointed three acting ministers, a number of deputy ministers and seven new ambassadors.

Nabil said the appointments are also aimed at election campaign.

“All government resources are used for election campaigns. So far, 40 election campaigns have been established across the country,” Nabil said, but he did not clarify whether the campaign was held by President Ghani or Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

“Ninety-five out of 100 high-level government posts are given to people in exchange for their support to elections,” he said.

Nabil said that President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah should clarify whether a deal had been made with Pakistan to take Afghanistan’s territory by fencing along the Durand Line.

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Taliban Seeking Power, Says Ex-NDS Chief Nabil

Nabil says Afghan politicians should not be “deceived” by Taliban’s position on peace.

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Rahmatullah Nabil, a presidential candidate and former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the Taliban does not believe in democracy and peace and the group is seeking to take over the “whole power” in the country.

Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada said in his Eid statement on Saturday that the group is not seeking to monopolize power and that they want a “real share” of all Afghans in government.  

Nabil, who addressed his supporters at a gathering in Kabul on Sunday, called on Afghan politicians not to be deceived by the Taliban’s position on the peace process in Afghanistan.

“Taliban wants to establish an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan and then bring weak-minded people as technocrats in government. Neither have they (Taliban) endorsed elections nor democracy,” he said.

Nabil said the way the Afghan political elites and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation are dealing with the peace process in Afghanistan is “wrong”.

“In the meetings where we have representatives of foreign countries is in-fact giving legitimacy to the Taliban and misinterpreting the explanation of the enemy,” Nabil as said as he stressed the need for recognizing “foe and friend” when it comes to peace talks.

“No one is against peace, but we should differentiate between peace and compromise. The deal will push the country towards crisis. I don’t see any doubt in the intention of those attended Moscow talks, but their approach is wrong because Afghans have paid the price for such discussions, but the Taliban and other countries were benefited,” said Nabil.

Nabil’s Stance on NUG Leaders

Nabil, meanwhile, blamed the National Unity Government leaders for using their authorities for campaign purposes.

Reports indicate that President Ghani, who traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting will visit Pakistan next month.

Nabil said Ghani’s trips abroad, particularly to Pakistan, is aimed at seeking support from different countries in the view of the presidential elections.  

Last week, President Ghani appointed three acting ministers, a number of deputy ministers and seven new ambassadors.

Nabil said the appointments are also aimed at election campaign.

“All government resources are used for election campaigns. So far, 40 election campaigns have been established across the country,” Nabil said, but he did not clarify whether the campaign was held by President Ghani or Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

“Ninety-five out of 100 high-level government posts are given to people in exchange for their support to elections,” he said.

Nabil said that President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah should clarify whether a deal had been made with Pakistan to take Afghanistan’s territory by fencing along the Durand Line.

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