United States blacklisting of Haqqani family irks Taliban

Ishaq Khan

PESHAWAR: Taliban spo-kesman Zabihullah Muja-hid has said that a continued blacklisting by the US of the Haqqani family is a “violation” of the Doha agreement, on Thursday.

While issuing a statement on the matter, Taliban spokesman wrote on Twitter, “Latest US position regarding blacklist is a violation of Doha Agreement”.

Mujahid said that all officials “without exception” were part of the interaction with the US and so names should have been re-moved from US, UN blacklists as part of the agreement. According to the statement issued by the Taliban, these “incorrect policies” be immediately reversed through diplomatic interactions.

Earlier, Pentagon officials have remarked that some cabinet members of Afghanistan or the family members of Jalaluddin Haqqani “are on the US blacklists and still targets”.

According to the Taliban statement, the family of Haqqani “is part of [the] Islamic Emirate and does not have a separate name or organisational setup”.

Statement added “The Islamic Emirate considers this position a clear violation of the Doha Agreement which is neither in the int-erest of the US nor Afghanistan”.

It further added “Similarly, in [the] Doha Agreement all officials of the Islamic Emirate without any exception were part of interaction with the US and should have been removed from the UN and US blacklists, a demand which still remains valid”.

Taliban statement said “such remarks by US officials are a repetition of past failed experiments and such positions detrimental for America and termed it as provocative and accused them of trying to “meddle” in the internal affairs of Afghanistan”.US launches new task force to integrate AI

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