Afghan Taliban rejects Karzai, peace Jirga's demand to shun violence

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 05, 2010 10:10 hrs

The Afghan Taliban has rejected Consultative Peace Jirga's demand to shun violence and join the process to bring stability in war torn Afghanistan, saying it would continue its struggle until foreign forces pull out of the country.

Talking to media persons after the conclusion of the peace Jirga, which was called by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Taliban spokesperson Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi blamed Karzai of delaying the exit of foreign forces by offering a truce.

"Neither the offers of the Jirga are acceptable to us nor the invitation of Karzai. All these efforts are aimed at prolonging the stay of foreigners," The News quoted Ahmedi, as saying.

"The Jirga is indeed a gathering of government supporters and agents of foreigners. The Taliban don't accept Jirgas and reject its demands. If the Jirga is really concerned about the welfare of Afghanistan, it should first extend steps for the withdrawal of foreign forces," he added. (ANI)

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