No extension in August 31 deadline for US withdrawal: Zabihullah Mujahid

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KABUL (APP): Rejecting any extension in the August 31 deadline for the complete withdrawal of the US and other international forces from Afghanistan, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday urged Afghans not to leave and prefer to stay in their country.

Addressing a crowded press conference here, the Taliban Spokesman said that the road to Kabul airport was shut for the people of Afghanistan and was open for the evacuation of foreign citizens alone.

Reiterating the Taliban’s announcement of general amnesty for all the people of Afghanistan, he assured that there would be no revenge or reprisal actions by the Taliban against anyone.

Mujahid, in his second press conference after the Taliban seized Kabul on August 15, said all that the ethnic groups and communities in Afghanistan were equal and would work unitedly for the progress and development of their motherland.

Zabihullah Mujahid said since the process of political consultations was continuing successfully, it is hoped that the contours of the new government will become clear in the coming days.

He reiterated that Afghan soil will not be led used against any neighboring or another country,

He said that after 20 years of unrest in Afghanistan, peace was being restored and public services institutions were being made functional to serve the country and masses.

Taliban Spokesman was also optimistic of the resolution of the Panjsher issue through dialogue and there would be no war, adding, that as Afghanistan had seen many wars in the past, the Taliban wanted peace in the country.

He further assured about the independence and the protection of women’s rights in the country, adding, there would be no violation of human rights in Afghanistan.

He, however, urged the woman employees to stay home till fool-proof security of their workplaces and institutions was ensured.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that as all hospitals and educational institutions in the country were functioning, life was returning to normal in Afghanistan, adding, the transmission of state television and radio was also continuing.

He said that banks had opened and people were free to withdraw cash from their accounts.

Taliban Spokesman said that all diplomatic missions and embassies in Afghanistan were secure and protected, adding, in that respect they will also hold meetings with diplomats.

He assured all the international institutions in the country of full security and protection by the Taliban and said they should continue their operations.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that Taliban leaders from Qatar have also reached Kabul and were in contact with diplomats.

He said that the United States should desist from misleading the people about their security and future in Afghanistan.

To a question, the Taliban Spokesman said that process for the formation of a national army of Afghanistan was also being deliberated.

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