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Pakistan is like 'second home'; ISIS has no presence in Afghanistan: Taliban spokesperson

Mujahid was also quoted saying, Afghanistan wants to maintain good ties with all countries, including India. "We hope that India devises its policy keeping the interests of Afghans in mind," he said.

Pakistan is like 'second home'; ISIS has no presence in Afghanistan: Taliban spokesperson-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 26, 2021, 4:10 PM IST
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Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid has said that Pakistan is like 'second home' for the organisation and vowed to deepen trade and strategic ties with the neighbouring country.

He also stated that the insurgent group want good ties with India.

Speaking to Pakistan-based ARY News, “Afghanistan shares its borders with Pakistan. We are traditionally aligned when it comes to religion, the people of both the countries mingle with each other. So we are looking forward to further deepening of ties with Pakistan.”

Pakistan had no role to play in the Taliban's bid to capture Afghanistan, adding that it has never "interfered" in their affairs.

Mujahid was also quoted saying, Afghanistan wants to maintain good ties with all countries, including India. "We hope that India devises its policy keeping the interests of Afghans in mind," he said.

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Commenting on claims that there exists an imminent threat of Islamic State, the Taliban spokesperson said, “We have said it before that we will not allow our soil to be used against any other country. Our policy is clear in this regard. The ISIS has no presence in Afghanistan.”

He further added that Pakistan and India should sit together and resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries.

Amid speculation around government formation in Afghanistan, the Taliban spokesperson said they want a government that is strong and based on Islam and which all Afghans are part of. News agency Reuters reported on Wednesday that former Guantanamo detainee Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir has been named acting defence minister by the Taliban. Reuters quoted Al Jazeera news channel for the information.

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