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Taliban leader urges merit-based formation of inclusive govt.

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KABUL: The Taliban leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada in his Eid message on Sunday urged an “Afghan-inclusive Islamic system”, in which all people play a role based on their “abilities and skills.

Akhundzada called on the opposite party to end “all attempts” in continuation of the war. “We must unite upon Islamic injunctions and protect ourselves from all discord and prejudice,” he added. The insurgent’s leader pledged that it was ready to protect the independence and sovereignty of Afghanistan at any cost.

The message was shared by the group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid. He also said the group’s “arms” is widely open for its opposition.

“We are extending our hand of amnesty and affection, and inviting them to join the path of truth,” Hibatullah said.

Hibatullah insisted on the fulfillment of the Doha agreement, saying that if Washington didn’t remain committed, the U.S. should be held accountable for the consequences.

Earlier, Sher Mohammad Abass Stanekzai a senior official of the Taliban in Qatar, where the group maintains a political office said that they are not willing to seize power via military.

He cited the remarks in a virtue meeting held with the presence of diplomats UN, Norway, Sweden, Germany and UK. Stanekzai stressed on a centralized Islamic government that protects the rights of all Afghans. He also denied the formation of a coalition government. “The Islamic Emirate does not accept a coalition government,” Stanekzai said.

He once again insisted on the removal of Taliban leader names from the UN Security Council’s blacklist and the release of 7,000 insurgents.

 “Whenever a member of our delegation wants to go and meet our leaders or military commanders, it takes them days and this causes a disruption in the peace process,” he added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. point man for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad has warned the U.S. would support the Republican System if the militants didn’t chase the path towards peace.

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