Taliban says it will not react to Pakistani minister Achakzai’s remarks

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid at a press conference on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in Kabul.

The Taliban has declined to respond to statements made by Jan Achakzai, the information minister of Balochistan of Pakistan, emphasizing their focus is on Islamabad rather than the regional dynamics of Balochistan.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, highlighted the distinction between the perspectives of Islamabad and those expressed by Achakzai.

Speaking to Amu, Mujahid indicated that Achakzai’s comments are considered to be at a local level, not warranting a direct response from the Taliban.

The context for Mujahid’s remarks emerged after Achakzai, in a post on X on Wednesday, warned that Pakistan’s forces would invade Afghanistan and seize control of the Wakhan Corridor in the event of another terrorist attack within Pakistan.

Achakzai’s statement suggested a rapid military intervention to annex the corridor, thereby facilitating access to Central Asian countries for Pakistan.

The Wakhan Corridor, a slender stretch of territory in northeastern Afghanistan, lies at the convergence of Tajikistan, Pakistan, and China, acting as a strategic buffer zone.