A week after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, senior Afghan politician Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai reportedly pledged his support for the militants.
A video shared on social media shows Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai in the presence of Taliban leaders. (Image: Video capture)
Senior Afghan politician and former Nangarhar governor Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai reportedly pledged support for the Taliban on Sunday.
A clip, shared by Afghan channel Asvaka News on Twitter, shows Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai in the presence of Taliban leaders.
Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai senior Afghan politician and former governor of Nangarhar promises an alliance with the Taliban. The #Taliban called it Bulldozer. #Afghanistan #Afghans #Taliban pic.twitter.com/sJpoCuKpkI
– Avaka – News Agency (@AsvakaNews) August 22, 2021
This new development comes a day after the brother of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, reportedly announced his support for the Taliban in the presence of Taliban leader Khalil-ur-Rehman and religious scholar Mufti Mahmood Zakir.
Although Hashmat Ghani has not openly expressed his support for the Taliban, he tweeted: “The Taliban are well capable of providing security, but running a functioning government requires the contribution and collaboration of younger Afghans. and educated. So-called expired politicians should be sidelined altogether so that the failed experiment of the coalition government is not repeated.
the Taliban are capable of providing security, but running a functioning government requires the contribution and collaboration of educated young Afghans.
– Hashmat Ghani (@GhaniHashmat) August 21, 2021
Taliban co-founder in Kabul for government talks
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks on establishing a new “inclusive” government in Afghanistan, a senior official said.
A senior Taliban official told AFP that Baradar would meet “with jihadist leaders and politicians for the establishment of an inclusive government.”
The Taliban have said they want this iteration of their government to be “inclusive,” but have given few details on who it will include.
Meanwhile, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday that the European Union had not recognized the Taliban and was not holding political talks with the militants.
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