On August 24, the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid held a press conference, a landmark briefing to the media by the Taliban leader after its takeover in Afghanistan. He told the press that Pakistan is like a ‘second home’ for the association and henceforth it shall not engage in activities on Afghan soil that goes against the interest of its neighbouring country.
“Afghanistan shares its borders with Pakistan. We are traditionally aligned when it comes to religion. So we look forward to further deepening of ties with Pakistan,” Mujahid said. He further added that “Pakistan had no role to play in the Taliban’s bid to capture Afghanistan, and has never interfered in their affairs.”
While addressing the ARY News, Mujahid averred that Afghanistan wanted to maintain good ties with all countries, including India. “We hope that India devises its policy keeping the interests of Afghans in mind,” he said. Zabihullah Mujahid further added that Pakistan has no role to play in Taliban’s offensive to capture Afghanistan, saying the neighbouring country has never “interfered” in their affairs.
He focused on the ties between India and Afghanistan and asserted that “Afghanistan wants to maintain good ties with all countries, including India.” He also appealed India and Pakistan to resolve differences. “We hope that India will take into account the interests of Afghans when formulating policies,” he added.
“Afghanistan and Pakistan share a border. When it comes to religion, we are traditionally linked, and the people of both countries mingle. As a result, we are looking forward to strengthening our connections with Pakistan. ” quoted Pakistan-based ARY News by stating Mujahid’s words.
On the probability of terrorist movements emerging in Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman averredImage , “We have previously stated that our soil will not be utilised against any other country. In this regard, our policy is crystal clear. ISIS does not have a presence in Afghanistan. ”