Afghanistan’s former Vice-President Amrullah Saleh on Friday raised objections to the claims made by the Taliban that it has no links with the Islamic State (ISIS).
“Taliban denying links to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist outfit is identical to Pakistan’s denial on Quetta Shura, which is a militant organization in Balochistan,” tweeted Amrullah Saleh.
“Every evidence we have in hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Talibs & Haqqani network, particularly the ones operating in Kabul. Talibs denying links with ISIS is identical/similar to denial of Pak on Quetta Shura. Talibs have learned very well from the master,” tweets Amrullah Saleh, acting president of Afghanistan.
Amrulla Saleh said that former president Ashraf Ghani’s haste exit from the country was a stain on the political history of Afghanistan. His escape has shattered whatever positivity is left about his image. When the country needed him the most, needed a sense of sacrifice and the sense of giving back to the country, he fled to save his life, added Saleh in an interview.
Saleh was questioned in an interview about the reason behind his decision not to fleeing Afghanistan, said “If a person of my stature and history tries to escape, it would be disgraceful and a historic shame. When the country is seeking our trust, if we escape it would dishonor the sacrifices of the Afghan people,” Saleh added that he did not want to be part of that disgrace, humiliation, and historic shame. I am with the Afghan people and I am on my soil. I share their pain and frustration.”
Meanwhile, the twin bombings at the Kabul airport killed more than 100 people, which also includes 13 American service members. US President has vowed that the United States not spare them and will carry out strikes against the group responsible for the bombings.
“To those who carried out this attack…know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said on Thursday.