© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Atta Mohammad Noor, Governor of the Balkh province, gestures as he speaks throughout an interview in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Anil Usyan/File Photograph/File Photograph
By Devjyot Ghoshal
(Reuters) – A band of veteran Afghan leaders, together with two regional strongmen, are angling for talks with the Taliban and plan to satisfy inside weeks to kind a brand new entrance for holding negotiations on the nation’s subsequent authorities, a member of a bunch stated.
Khalid Noor, son of Atta Mohammad Noor, the once-powerful governor of northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province, stated the group comprised of veteran ethnic Uzbek chief Abdul Rashid Dostum and others against the Taliban’s takeover.
“We desire to barter collectively, as a result of it’s not that the issue of Afghanistan might be solved simply by one in all us,” Noor, 27, informed Reuters in an interview from an undisclosed location.
“So, it is necessary for your complete political group of the nation to be concerned, particularly the normal leaders, these with energy, with public assist,” Noor stated.
Atta Noor and Dostum https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-militia-leaders-atta-noor-dostum-escape-conspiracy-2021-08-14, veterans of 4 many years of battle in Afghanistan, each fled the nation when the northern metropolis of Mazar-i Sharif fell to the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group, and not using a battle.
The U.S.-backed authorities and navy folded elsewhere because the Taliban swept into Kabul on Aug. 15.
Nonetheless, the backroom discussions are an indication of the nation’s conventional strongmen coming again to life after the Taliban’s beautiful navy marketing campaign.
It is going to be a problem for any entity to rule Afghanistan for lengthy with out consensus between the nation’s patchwork of ethnicities, most analysts say.
In contrast to their earlier interval in energy earlier than 2001, the predominantly Pashtun Taliban did search assist https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/how-taliban-engineered-political-collapse-afghanistan-2021-08-17 from Tajiks, Uzbeks and different minorities as they ready their offensive final month.
“The Taliban at this level are very, very smug, as a result of they only gained militarily. However what we assume (is) that they know the chance of ruling the best way they did earlier than,” Noor stated, referring to the earlier Taliban regime’s exclusion of minority ethnic teams.
‘SURRENDER OUT OF QUESTION’
Regardless of a dedication to negotiations, Noor stated there was a “large danger” that the talks may fail, main the group to already put together for an armed resistance in opposition to the Taliban.
“Give up is out of the query for us,” stated Noor, the youngest member of the erstwhile Afghan authorities’s crew that held talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
Ahmad Massoud, chief of Afghanistan’s final main outpost of anti-Taliban resistance, final week additionally stated he hoped talks with the Taliban would result in an inclusive authorities, failing which his forces had been able to battle https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghanistans-massoud-refuses-surrender-taliban-warns-war-al-arabiya-2021-08-22.
It stays unsure how a lot widespread assist is definitely loved by leaders like Atta Noor, broadly accused of corruption https://www.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-governor-atta-noor-idINKBN1EW07L, and Dostum, accused of a number of acts of torture and brutality, and described in a U.S. State Division report as a “quintessential warlord” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-dostum-idUSKCN18F2D2. Each leaders deny the accusations.
The Taliban, already a formidable navy drive, at the moment are in possession of an estimated 2,000 armoured autos and as much as 40 plane, amongst different arms https://www.reuters.com/enterprise/aerospace-defense/planes-guns-night-vision-goggles-talibans-new-us-made-war-chest-2021-08-19 left behind by fleeing Afghan forces, probably bolstering their firepower.
Nonetheless, Noor stated the Taliban wouldn’t have the ability to maintain out in opposition to a preferred resistance.
“Historical past has proven that nobody in Afghanistan can rule by drive, it’s unimaginable,” the Western-educated politician stated, “Regardless of how a lot assist they’ve from worldwide group, it can fail.”