Taliban Unable to Gain Power Militarily: Mohib

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KABUL: National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib urged the Taliban to follow the path of peace, saying that the group would never gain power with military force.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul on Saturday, Mohib underlined that the Taliban will not win militarily and Afghan forces were ready to safeguard people against any threats.
About Taliban prisoners, he said that the government had released 5,000 of the group’s inmates, which he believed did not contribute to stability but fueled rebellion.
In response to a query about whether the Taliban control 50 percent of the country’s territory, Mohib said, “The group does not even have a meter of soil to bury their dead bodies; they transport them to Pakistan.”
“By rejecting the Istanbul meeting, the Taliban have once again shown to the Afghan people and the international community that they do not have any agenda for peace in Afghanistan,” he added.
Meanwhile, National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Zia Saraj said that terrorist threats still persisted in Afghanistan, but stressed Afghan government would respond to them with the support of CIA and other partners.
Acting defense minister Yasin Zia who also attended the conference said that all previous US military bases had been handed over to the Afghan army, except a few bases including in Bagram, Mazar, and Kabul where foreign forces were still stationed there.
He said that the Taliban alone were unable to fight but they were supported by Pakistan’s intelligence agency.