Ground Report | New Delhi: Afghanistan calls India; Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that “the Taliban have won small battles, we will win the war.” He says that the Afghan National Force will soon overpower the Taliban. However, he did not deny that Taliban fighters have made rapid advances in the recent past.
In an interview with ‘The Hindu’, Ghani said that he would continue talks with both Pakistan and Taliban leaders in Doha. Earlier, in a scathing speech, President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of being unable to stop the jihadists. Also, Pakistan did not put enough pressure on the Taliban to negotiate.
Ghani said, “Winning some battles is not winning wars. They (Taliban) have won some battles, but we will win this war and we are determined about it.” Ghani gave this answer to the question of the Taliban taking possession of the ‘Spin Boldak-Chaman crossing’ located near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan. Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was killed in this area.
Ghani expressed grief over Siddiqui’s death. He said that to win the war it is possible that we may need to establish a rebalance, but the greater goal of the Afghan government is to achieve a political settlement in Afghanistan. (Afghanistan calls India)
He emphasized that he does not want to allow situations like Algeria, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen to happen in Afghanistan, where the conflict continues to this day.
On the other hand, a 10-member team of Afghanistan leadership left for Doha from Kabul on Friday afternoon to hold talks with the Taliban in the midst of increasing violence in Afghanistan.
The ten-member team includes Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, former vice president Mohamed Karim Khalili, Ata Mohamed Noor, chief negotiators Masoom Stankzai, Salaam Rahimi, Fatima Gilani and Minister for Peace Affairs Sadat Mansoor Naderi.
When asked, do they feel like being left in the lurch by the western countries? Because after the sudden withdrawal of the American army, the opposite statement was also heard from the British government. So he said, “No, no, I don’t feel that way. We talk to him. We are in touch.”
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In this interview, he clearly said that he has not sought military help from India in the current situation. He said that “India is a true partner in the development of Afghanistan. He is our true friend. I also have good relations with PM Modi, who is a sensible ruler. He did not put anything in front of us that would threaten our interests in any way. Yes. Our trade with India is balanced. With India’s cooperation, we have many schemes going on here.
“It is our job now to defeat the Taliban. The period of international use of force to take on the Taliban in Afghanistan is over,” he said.
In the end he said that “I want the relations between India and Pakistan to be better too, they reach some conclusion because together we have to change the future of Asia. If so, then Afghanistan has to listen to some things too.”