Former jihadi leader Sayyaf urges Taliban to negotiate with opponents

Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, a former jihadi leader, has called on the Taliban to resolve Afghanistan’s internal issues with its opponents through “understanding and negotiation” as soon as possible.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Sayyaf described such action as a “wise move” and an opportunity currently available to the Taliban that “may not be there tomorrow.”

He urged the Taliban to follow the respected Islamic principles and human values to gain the people’s endorsement and alleviate their suffering.

“Move toward a people-oriented regime, gain the approval and satisfaction of the nation, and fulfill your significant religious and national responsibilities,” Sayyaf wrote.

Sayyaf warned that failure to engage could lead to the Taliban missing a crucial opportunity, resulting first in their downfall and subsequently in the inevitable destruction and despair of the country’s people.

Nearly three years after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, no country has yet recognized their administration officially.

Issues such as forming an inclusive government, adhering to human rights especially for women and girls, and the Taliban’s commitment to international laws are among the conditions many countries have stipulated for recognizing the Taliban regime.