Taliban Unable to Retake Control of Afghanistan
A senior Taliban leader, Agha Jan Motasim has said that the Taliban militants in Afghanistan no longer have the support they need to overrun the country.
Motasim called on anti-government armed militant groups to sit in for peace talks and insisted that the withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan make it harder for militants to justify their war.
He said Taliban militants have even lost support among the Afghan people, while the Afghan armed forces are getting stronger each day as the international community supports Afghan forces and government.
According to Motasim, the situation in Afghanistan is more similar to what it was in 1996, when, he claimed, the Afghan people were supporting Taliban as they had became frustrated with the warlords.
Agha Jan Motasim used to serve as the finance minister in Taliban’s regime and was believed to be a close ally of the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad omar.
He has also served as chief of the group’s political committee until 2010, when he was shot by unknown gunmen in Karachi city of Pakistan.
According to reports, the assassination attempt on Agha Jan Motasim was carried out since he was favoring talks with the Afghan government to end violence in the country.