Taliban crave for power, not defending religion: Saleh 


KABUL: First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, during a meeting in eastern Nangarhar province, on Thursday said that the Taliban fought for taking power, not for the defense of religion.
President Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by Amrullah Saleh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib, arrived in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, on Thursday (today) morning.
Saleh, talking to a gathering of people in Jalalabad, said that the Taliban’s definition of an Islamic system was unclear, and their real fight was for power, not religion.
We need a dignified peace that can ensure women’s rights, he said, adding that there will be no compromise on the republican system, human rights, and the nation’s flag.
People living in areas under the control of the Taliban are like captives and the group has affected the country’s overall economic situation.
This comes as the second round of intra-Afghan talks between the government and Taliban negotiating teams started on Wednesday.