Massoud calls for unity among political groups to ‘end Taliban rule’

The Resistance Front led by Ahmad Massoud in a message on Eid has asked all political elites and groups to unite to end Taliban rule.

The movement said in a statement that Taliban is not changing and that to end their rule, there is a need for solidarity among all political groups and elites along with more practical and more serious steps by the international community.

“The experience of the past two years has shown that our understanding of the violent and non-changeable nature of the group was right,” Massoud has said in the statement. “Therefore, we ask the people and political elites within and outside the country to fulfill their historic responsibility towards the oppressed people and the country.”

Salahuddin Rabbani, head of the Jamiat-e-Islami party, meanwhile said that relocating Pakistani migrants to the north of Afghanistan will lead to conflict and that practical steps need to be taken by political figures and movements against the Taliban.

“A national movement and creating a political consensus is the need of the hour for the people of Afghanistan, not under infamous figures of the past but by new and clean figures,” said Wais Nasiri, a political affairs analyst.

Meanwhile, the Freedom Front, another anti-Taliban movement created after the fall of the previous government, claimed to have killed and wounded five Taliban members in an attack in Baghlan on the eve of Eid. The group has said in a statement that its fight will continue until “ending Taliban rule.”

Moreover, former president Hamid Karzai who is in Kabul said in a statement that the opportunity is available for talks. He said the Taliban should provide the ground for understanding and a national dialogue to achieve sustaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Using this opportunity, I ask dear compatriots, especially the interim Islamic government, to achieve this big goal through understanding and national dialogue so that all groups of society live in harmony,” Karzai said.