Taliban warns of consequences if US violates exit deadline
KABUL: The Taliban warned of “consequences” if the United States and its allies continued to stay in Afghanistan after Aug 31, stating that the US had already violated its early deadline on May 1 to withdraw troops.
Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman on Monday while giving interview to the Geo News show “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Sath” stated: “If the US and its allies continued to stay beyond the agreed second deadline, it would be considered ‘the extended occupation of foreign forces’ and there would be consequences. It would then depend on the Taliban leadership how they would react.”
He said that the panic and disturbance created at the airport in Kabul and other places were the faults of ex-president Ashraf Ghani and his administration. He explained that the Kabul administration should not have abandoned security posts and offices and Ghani had no reason to escape the country when the Taliban forces assured that no bloodshed will take place.
Upon being asked about the possibility of an attack of ISIS, the Taliban Spokesman said, “We are cautious about ISIS potential to attack the airport, as the Afghan forces abandoned their posts and ISIS prisoners were out. Our intelligence office is active.”
He also said that the government is restoring the chaotic situation, and it’s improving day by day. He also said that ISIS was a “foreign phenomenon”, and does not originate in Afghanistan, thus he suggested the ISIS forces leave the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
“We have a clear policy that we will not let anyone use Afghan soil against Pakistan or any other country. The coming era is of development and prosperity.” he further added.
Shaheen also denied any list of wanted Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists being provided to the Afghan Taliban leadership.
However, an intelligence document for the United Nations stated that militants were hunting former government officials and those who worked with the US and Nato forces.
President Joe Biden has stated he desired to end the US military presence and airlifts by August 31, but he is under compulsion to extend the deadline as the European Union and Britain said the complete withdrawal would be impracticable till the deadline.