Six Taliban ministers, diplomats part ways

ISLAMABAD (NNI): At least six former Taliban former ministers and senior diplomats Sunday parted ways with the Taliban movement and joined a newly revived Islamic group.Addressing a news conference in Islamabad the dissident Taliban leaders said they had advised Taliban leadership to review policies about Osama bin Laden and other important issues but ‘unfortunately the leadership did not pay any attention’. 

They include Taliban former ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Hakim Mujahid, former Deputy Information Minister Abdur Rehman Ahmed Hotak, former Deputy Minister for Higher Education Maulvi Arsalan Rehmani, former Deputy Minister for Refugees Repatriation Rehmatullah Wahidyar, former Deputy Chief of
Supreme Court Maulvi Abdul Sattar Siddiqi and former charge d’ affairs to Saudi Arabia Qazi Habibullah Fauzi. 

The Taliban dissidents joined the 63-year old group “Da Khudamul Furqan Jamiat (KFJ)”. 

A renowned Afghan spiritual leader Amin Mujaddadi is heading the group. 

Mujaddadi, speaking with the help of interpreter, claimed that several former Taliban governors, ministers and commanders have pledged support to his group. 

“Our doors are open for Taliban,” he said. 

“The KFJ started its political activities once again to accomplish Islamic and national aspirations of the people by restoring peace and unity among all ethnicities and parties, and make national reconciliation,” Mujaddadi said.

Despite volley of questions by the journalists about the policies of Taliban regarding Osama, he did not openly condemned them but said, “We had apprised the Taliban leaders of the difficulties, Afghans will be
facing because of such policies”. 

"We have revived our group so that former Taliban officials could not shatter,” Mujaddadi said. 

He said he was among 1500 religious scholars, who gathered in Kabul some three months ago and asked the Taliban leadership to convince Osama to leave Afghanistan.

“We made the recommendation to avoid bloodshed in Afghanistan,” he said.

He however, he lauded the Taliban for establishment of peace and eliminating narcotics.

Asked if Mulla Omar still enjoy the title of ‘Amirul Momineen’ (leader of the faithful), he said, “The Taliban system does not exist more, so how the title remains.” He said ulema could decide about the fate of Taliban supreme leader. 

To a question about the American attacks, Mujaddadi expressed concern over the killing of innocent Muslims.

He supported the UN process of Loya Jirga provided it is impartial and inclusive in its efforts in holding
the Grand Council.

“The UN mist not repeat the mistake it make in Bonn Conference by ignoring significant tribes and political parties and bestowing a great portion of slots on the minority group of the country”.

About the new Afghan interim set up, he said Hamid Karzai will adopt the way of consultations with the Afghans to run affairs of the war-torn country, which he said still facing chaos.

Mujaddadi down played criticism by Afghan Interior Minister Younas Qanooni and Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah about Pakistan and said, “Criticism by a group can not spoil friendly ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

“Today, Afghanistan is facing a complete chaos and anarchy once again and it is passing the most critical era of its history - being threatened seriously by the danger of disintegration.

There is no national unity, national security, and central government of national consensus. 

Rule of warlord and tribalism is prevailing all over the country,” he said.

The people of Afghanistan, he said, are in search of a real leadership to save the country and the nation by restoring national unity, national security and accepted central government for all the tribes and political parties.

“The KFJ is fully confident that by comprehensive support of the people and honest cooperation of the tribal leaders and political groups, it is bring national unity, keep national security and create a strong central government,” Mujaddadi said. 

He said the KFJ supports the idea of general election as a means of expression of political will of the people in shaping a representative government in Afghanistan and wants Afghanistan to be an Islamic republic.

“But in this juncture of crisis as the country is in critical situation KFJ will support a traditional Loya Jirga - the Grand Council - on proportional basis that all ethnicities and political parties could be represented in
it”.

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