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Afghanistan to soon have 'regular, disciplined' army: Taliban army chief Qari Fasihuddin

Fasihuddin’s statements were later confirmed by Taliban spokesman Ahmadullah Muttaqi through a tweet mentioning that Afghanistan will “soon have a well-organized army and force”.

Afghanistan to soon have 'regular, disciplined' army: Taliban army chief Qari Fasihuddin-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Sep 16, 2021, 10:13 AM IST
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Taking charge as the new army chief of Afghanistan, senior Taliban leader Qari Fasihuddin said that Afghanistan will soon have a "regular and disciplined" army of its own.

"Afghanistan would have a regular, disciplined and strong army in near future to defend and protect the country and consultations in this field continue," Xinhua news agency quoted Fasihuddin as saying to the Afghan radio service Salam Watandar.

Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday, Fasihuddin further stated that discussions are underway to decide on the formation of a “regular, disciplined and strong army” in the near future and that their soldiers will be trained to defend the boundaries of Afghanistan.

As per an India Today report, Fasihuddin further said, “We will not let a civil war erupt. Those disturbing security and stability will be trampled and those opposing the Taliban will be arrested.”

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Fasihuddin’s statements were later confirmed by Taliban spokesman Ahmadullah Muttaqi through a tweet mentioning that Afghanistan will “soon have a well-organized army and force”.

He tweeted, “Afghanistan will soon have a well-organized army and force. Qari Fasihuddin, the Taliban’s chief of staff, said consultations were underway to form an army and that a regular army and force would be formed soon. He said the troops should be trained to defend Afghanistan.”

The Taliban captured the capital Kabul on August 15 and announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7 to rule Afghanistan but without regular police and Army.

A Tajik fighter originally from Badakhshan, Qari Fasihuddin, was given the charge as Taliban's military commander to curb the resistance mounted by Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh in Panjshir.

Interestingly, the Ashraf Ghani administration had declared Qari Fasihuddin dead in 2019 as a result of an airstrike in Wardoj.

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