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Taliban’s Supreme Leader Signals Willingness To Talk Peace

April 18, 2010

Stephen Grey

The supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has indicated that he and his followers may be willing to hold peace talks with western politicians.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, two of the movement’s senior Islamic scholars have relayed a message from the Quetta shura, the Taliban’s ruling council, that Mullah Omar no longer aims to rule Afghanistan. They said he was prepared to engage in “sincere and honest” talks.

A senior US military source said the remarks reflected a growing belief that a “breakthrough” was possible. “There is evidence from many intelligence sources [that] the Taliban are ready for some kind of peace process,” the source said.

At a meeting held at night deep inside Taliban-controlled territory, the Taliban leaders told this newspaper that their military campaign had only three objectives: the return of sharia (Islamic law), the expulsion of foreigners and the restoration of security.

“[Mullah Omar] is no longer interested in being involved in politics or government,” said Mullah “Abdul Rashid”, the elder of the two commanders, who used a pseudonym to protect his identity.

“All the mujaheddin seek is to expel the foreigners, these invaders, from our country and then to repair the country’s constitution. We are not interested in running the country as long as these things are achieved.”

The interview was conducted by a reputable Afghan journalist employed by The Sunday Times with two members of the shura that directs Taliban activity across the whole of southern Afghanistan, including Helmand and Kandahar provinces. It was arranged through a well established contact with the Taliban’s supreme leadership.

Looking back on five years in government until they were ousted after the attacks in America on September 11, 2001, the Taliban leaders said their movement had become too closely involved in politics.

Abdul Rashid said: “We didn’t have the capability to govern the country and we were surprised by how things went. We lacked people with either experience or technical expertise in government.

“Now all we’re doing is driving the invader out. We will leave politics to civil society and return to our madrasahs [religious schools].”

The Taliban’s position emerged as an American official said colleagues in Washington were discussing whether President Barack Obama could reverse a long-standing US policy and permit direct American talks with the Taliban.

If the Taliban’s military aims no longer included a takeover of the Afghan government, this would represent “a major and important shift”, the US official said.

The Taliban objectives specified on their website had already shifted, Nato officials said, from the overthrow of the “puppet government” to the more moderate goal of establishing a government wanted by the Afghan people.

In the interview, the two leaders insisted that reports of contact between the Taliban and the Kabul government were a “fraud” and stemmed from claims made by “charlatans”. Up to now, no officially sanctioned talks have taken place, they said.

They laid down no preconditions for substantive negotiations, saying simply that the Taliban were ready for “honest dialogue”. Another Taliban source with close links to the Quetta shura said the movement was willing to talk directly to “credible” western politicians, including Americans, but not to intelligence agencies such as the CIA.

This source said that although the Taliban’s unwavering objective remained the withdrawal of all foreign troops, their preconditions for talks might now be limited to guarantees of security for their delegates and a Nato ceasefire.

According to a Nato intelligence source, Taliban representatives have established direct contact with several ministers in President Hamid Karzai’s government. But they refuse to have any direct contact with Karzai, whom they regard as an “illegitimate puppet”.

During an interview that lasted for several hours and was interrupted only by the coming and going of messengers on motorbikes, our reporter heard nothing from the Taliban leaders to suggest that the movement was weary of war, as some western analysts have claimed.

Instead, he was told that the Taliban believe they are winning and are able to negotiate from a position of strength. Asked about a forthcoming Nato offensive in the Kandahar region, a local Taliban commander who sat alongside the two scholars boasted: “We’re ready for this. We’re going to break the Americans’ teeth.”

The Taliban leaders said that lessons had been learnt from Nato’s last big offensive in the Marjah area of Helmand province earlier this year. When Nato gave advance notice of the operation, the Taliban were lured into sending too many fighters to the area, some of whom died.

The leaders said that in Kandahar a plan to counter Nato had already been prepared.

“There will be no surprise there,” said Abdul Rashid. “We have our people inside all positions in the city, in the government and the security forces.”

He added that America already had enough problems “to haunt her” and fighting in Kandahar would only turn more people against it.

“People don’t trust the foreigners because they are backing the warlords. People are fed up with crime and brutality and that’s a big problem for the Americans. We’re well positioned, with supporters everywhere.”

As they prepare for the traditional summer fighting season, the Taliban leaders are placing as much emphasis as Nato on winning the hearts and minds of the population.

Abdul Rashid said there had been Taliban commanders who had financed their campaigns by taking bribes to give safe passage to Nato supply convoys or from drug smugglers. But the Taliban’s leadership had ordered a halt to this.

“What we do is not for a worldly cause — it is for the sake of Allah. More important than the fighting for us now is the process of purification. We are getting rid of all the rotten apples,” he said.

Times Online

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27 comments

  1. PKKH had,sometime back,posted an interview of Gen.Hameed Gul by Dr.Moeed Pirzada,where it was said that the posting of McCrystal in Afghanistan was ,probably,to achieve the same objective as in Iraq,i.e.to eliminate the top leadership,by target killing.

    So Taliban have to be very careful with this devil.

    May llah save fighters of Islam.


    • I read this news in http://www.theunjustmedia.com that this news is fake which says Mullah Umar wants to talk here is the news from taliban’s spokesman(from the website http://www.theunjustmedia.com)
      “Theunjustmedia: Today, The Sunday Times published an interview claiming that the interview took place with two of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars and one of its Afghan journalist, quoting from the interview:

      “The supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has indicated that he and his followers may be willing to hold peace talks with western politicians. In an interview with The Sunday Times, two of the movement’s senior Islamic scholars have relayed a message from the Quetta shura, the Taliban’s ruling council, that Mullah Omar no longer aims to rule Afghanistan. They said he was prepared to engage in “sincere and honest” talks.

      At a meeting held at night deep inside Taliban-controlled territory, the Taliban leaders told this newspaper that their military campaign had only three objectives: the return of sharia (Islamic law), the expulsion of foreigners and the restoration of security.

      “[Mullah Omar] is no longer interested in being involved in politics or government,” said Mullah “Abdul Rashid”, the elder of the two commanders, who used a pseudonym to protect his identity.

      “All the mujaheddin seek is to expel the foreigners, these invaders, from our country and then to repair the country’s constitution. We are not interested in running the country as long as these things are achieved.”

      The interview was conducted by a reputable Afghan journalist employed by The Sunday Times with two members of the shura that directs Taliban activity across the whole of southern Afghanistan, including Helmand and Kandahar provinces. It was arranged through a well established contact with the Taliban’s supreme leadership.”

      My question is did this interview with The Sunday Times and The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars took place?

      Zabihullah Mujahid: No, no interview has been conducted with the The Sunday Times and The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars, this interview is a lie.

      Theunjustmedia: How do you comment on the content of this fake propaganda interview, what objectives could the invaders have in propagating this type of disinformation among the masses.

      Zabihullah Mujahid: This is a good question, and I think that the concern citizens of the world should be asking this question from those who are behind this propaganda, what benefits are they trying to seek by lying to world about The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. I think people should contact The Sunday Times and ask them why are they spreading disinformation, also other media outlets should bring to light The Sunday Times deception to its readers.”


  2. There is a serious problem with this statement of western allies. “Mullah Omer not interested”?????

    Don’t think when Mullah Omer started and took over on Jihad cause it was based on him being interested in the cause of Islam and freedom and if not he will pull out of it.

    Shame on Americans they are pushing the dirty propaganda war ahead before they run out on time, the deadline for NATO and USA leaving Afghanistan.

    In all india must be kicked out of Afghanistan as soon as possible for any real progress in the country. Plz do not believe in America/NATO/india created propaganda environment.

    Long live Mullah Omer and the afghan resistance.


  3. As quran says these non believer are nt a frnd of anyone (muslims) and didnt make any intention that they help us or do gud to us so be careful fighter of islam just stay on the righteous path and surely then ALLAH give u success


    • The quran does not say that.


      • @Amused hindo you would not know about what is in Quran unless you become Muslim..so become Muslim and join the fight against the anti christ ppl and the systems. Long Live Islam and Muslims and Pakistan. May Allah give us the courage to stay on the path Allah Hu Subhana have chosen for us. Amen!


      • I don’t need to be a muslim to read the Quran.

        However – that still does not answer the point I’d made that the Quran does not say that the non-believers are not friends. That is nonsense made up by religious bigots who give Islam a bad name.


      • @Amused

        When you don’t know what is in your Vedas,how can you say about Quran.

        You are welcome to read Quran,but first try to know your faith.

        Quran can only give you guidance if you:

        Believe that Quran is a Book from Allah and there is no doubt in it,

        Believe in One Allah without seeing Him,

        Pray five times in congregation,

        Give Charities for Allah’s sake,

        Believe in what has been revealed to Mohammad(PBUH) and revealed to all other Prophets before Him(i.e. on Dawood,Moosa & Eisa(PBUT)

        Believe in life Hereafter

        Otherwise,you will not get any guidance.


      • @Amused,

        A human being in Quranic language is
        known as a Muslim, every human being
        choose the secured way during life on
        earth. It is always addressed in Quran as: Ya ayyohannaas, o! human being !
        ( masculin & feminin) you never read,
        ya ayyuhal Rafay Al Kashmiria or never
        ever YA AYYUHAL TALIBAN AL JAMIAT-UL-ULEMA AL ISLAMIA !ETC ETC.
        AS FOR TRUST ON OTHERS, THE CONTEXT IS
        ALMIGHTY’S ATTRIBUTIONS, INCLUDING
        EXCLUSIVE,TOTAL TRUST IN ONLY HIM, SO
        CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT I DON’T EVEN INTEND
        TO PUT MY 3 GRMS OF TRUST IN A SINGLE
        TALIBAN.


  4. This time Mullah Omer’s decision to hold peace talks with western invaders is not fruitful. Western invaders are heading towards their self created destruction so, it will not bring fruit to hold peace talks with american forces.


  5. BUT USA DOES NOT BELIEVE IN TALKING AT ALL


    • @ but USA only believe in talking to their shoots
      Talibs TTP & Indo-Israeli talibs, ha ha ha ha
      usa offered them already 500 millions $ but its
      not enough for them, they say !


  6. Quran says that i read in it u didnt know abt ur religion and talking abt islam nonsense


    • if you read it, why don’t you give me the reference…. instead of insulting my knowledge, show the world your knowledge of the quran and reply with the verse… c’mon… I’m actually challenging you.


      • @Amused

        Herewith the reference from Quran:

        Chapter 2(Al Baqarah)Verse # 120
        Chapter 5(Al Maaeda) Verse # 51

        Please read an authentic translation.
        Thank you


      • Authorised translation of

        2:120
        And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.

        5:51
        O you who believe, do not take Jews and Christians as patrons, affiliating with them or showing them affection; they are patrons of each other, being united in disbelief. Whoever amongst you affiliates with them, he is one of them, counted with them. God does not guide the folk who do wrong, by affiliating with disbelievers.

        ——–
        Nothing about friendship.


      • If you think friendship means”BAGHAL MEIN CHURI,MUNH PE RAM RAM”,then there is nothing about friendship otherwise it clearly says to be wary of non-believers.

        Moreover,it is not binding on you.Don’t worry.


      • These translations have been pointed out by an expert on the Quran and Arabic (who is actually a Pakistani muslim). The problem is not with the translations, but with you think you know. I’d suggest you start checking out the true meanings in the book rather than go on, what is very obvious, a blind hatred for other religions.

        Your answers to everything seem to involve hating other religions. If Islam is a religion of peace, then surely, you are at odds with it…. and guess what, it’s up to you to sort it. I personally couldn’t care less. I respect each religion as much as I respect mine….


  7. Yeh islam is the religion of peace but non believer destroying the peace america initiated 2 wars israel bombing palestine so defend and fight again is there right
    who want to destroy muslims peace we fight against them nt with civilians
    actualy u have a kind of mindset which didnt allow to acept the thing which atacks u dont u guyz united against muslims to destroy muslims and islam so then how can we love u


  8. @Quran says, all good deeds of good people will be
    rewarded, Quran has never declared, non-muslim’s
    good deeds were not to be rewarded !

    Huqooq al ibaad & huqooq Ullah are sufficiently
    defined by Allah swt in Quran,practiced by
    Nabi-e-Kareem SAW.

    If someone is very pious towards Allah & does not
    discharg the duties towards fellow human beings, neighbours, compatriots,family, children, wives, parents, colleagues, the whole humanity,
    (this includes solidarity & strategy only in good deeds), in the service of Allah’s Makhlooq, then he is not correct in Huqooq Al Ibaad, will be accountable ?

    Trust on fellow human being can be a risk ! Do the
    Christians trust Christians, muslims trust muslims ?
    does it ever worked, simply go thru history of
    civilizations, our only social heritage on this
    planet.
    Remember Prophet SAW said only a smile to someone could be a charity. Btw, I am smiling at u
    all at the very moment, ladies & gentlemen !
    Wassalam


    • But these good deeds will not entitle anyone to Paradise if he does not believe in one Allah(i.e.committing the sin of Shirk).He will still be in Hell.


      • @ AQKhan,

        but hell will be purgatorial !
        no doubt shirk is unpardonable as Allah swt declares Himslef, a sin He would never pardon !


  9. @ Peghaamber,to Parwardigar ne the bhaijay,
    keh madawah dukhon ka hojaaye, magar
    kiya khaak seekha bashar ne, keh ab
    sabt hona roz-e-qayyamat ka naguzir howa
    RK


    • 🙂

      Very well said


      • @ nawazish he aapki !!
        RK


      • @RK

        Har baar yeh kehtay hain ke aadaab aadaab
        Aa ke jo daab lia main nay shikayat hogi

        No hard feelings.


  10. @Stephan Grey,
    do u have some other photos of Mullah Omar, this
    one is a dreadful horror !



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