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Taleban dismiss Afghan-Pakistan “peace jirga”

The Taleban dismissed on Sunday a planned traditional gathering between Afghanistan and Pakistan on the insurgency, saying it was an attempt to “deceive” ordinary Afghans.

President Hamid Karzai announced last week that the neighbours would hold the gathering, called a jirga, on August 1.

It is intended to bring together about 700 tribal leaders, politicians and academics from both sides to find a way to tackle the growing Taleban-led insurgency. “It’s an attempt by Karzai’s government to deceive people,” said a Taleban statement read over the telephone by one of the rebels’ spokesmen. “But Afghans know this and will never accept it. Afghans are thinking about freedom and will gain their freedom,” read the spokesman, Yousuf Ahamdi.

The Taleban, toppled from government in late 2001, claim that Karzai’s government is a stooge of the West and that the thousands of foreign troops in the country to help bring security are ”invaders.”

Source: Khaleej Times

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