Qatar said on Saturday that a ceasefire in Afghanistan was called for an immediate ceasefire during a meeting of top Taliban representatives with the foreign minister in Doha. Qatar has also asked the Taliban to stop their attacks immediately.
The Gulf country Qatar has also now given an ultimatum to the Taliban and asked them to ceasefire in Afghanistan immediately. The political headquarters of the Taliban is in Doha, the capital of Qatar. All countries including the US, Russia, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan are holding peace talks with the Taliban in Doha itself. In such a situation, there is a lot of pressure on the Taliban to accept Qatar’s proposal.
Qatari Foreign Minister meets Taliban leaders
Qatar said on Saturday that a ceasefire in Afghanistan was called for an immediate ceasefire during a meeting of top Taliban representatives with the foreign minister in Doha. Qatar has also asked the Taliban to stop their attacks immediately. The Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met with the head of the Taliban’s political bureau, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
All countries said – government with power is not acceptable
The statement said that the Qatari foreign minister urged the Taliban to de-escalate tensions and achieve a ceasefire in the meeting. On the same issue, envoys from the US, China, Pakistan, the United Nations, the European Union and others also met with Taliban representatives and Afghan government officials in Doha on Thursday. After this meeting, all the countries said in a joint statement that they would not recognize any government formed on the strength of force in Afghanistan.
Who is Mulla Abdul Ghani Bardar
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the co-founders of the Taliban, heads the Taliban’s political office. He is currently the leader of the Taliban’s peace negotiating team, which is pretending to be trying to reach a political settlement in Qatar’s capital, Doha. Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of Mullah Omar’s most trusted commanders, was captured by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in 2010, but was later released by the Pakistani government in 2018 after a deal with the Taliban.
Taliban reached near Kabul
The Taliban captured two more provinces on Saturday and reached the outskirts of the Afghan capital. At the same time, he has launched an all-out attack on a big city in the northern part, which is being protected by the former satraps. The Taliban have taken control of much of North, West and South Afghanistan. This has raised fears that the Taliban may retake Afghanistan or lead to a civil war in the country.
Logar captured, fierce battle in Mazar-e-Sharif
Logar MP Homa Ahmadi said on Saturday that the Taliban had captured the whole of Logar and detained provincial officials. He said the Taliban had reached four Asyab districts, just 11 kilometers south of Kabul. Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor in northern Balkh province, said the Taliban attacked Mazar-e-Sharif in the early hours of Saturday from multiple directions. This led to fierce fighting in its outskirts. He did not provide any information about casualties at this time.
Ghani said – achievements of 20 years will not be lost
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said he will not let 20 years of achievements go to waste and said “consultations” are continuing amid the Taliban attack. He addressed the nation through television on Saturday. This is his first public remarks since the Taliban seized key areas in recent days. The US is due to withdraw its last military contingent from the country by August 31, raising questions about the existence of Ghani’s government backed by Western countries.