• Taliban Spokesperson: 'Pakistan is our second home'

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    Kabul: Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, said that the Taliban wants a government, that is strong and based on Islam laws, and which all Afghan nationals are part of. He also wants that the insurgent group has good ties with India.

    A spokesperson of the Taliban said that Pakistan "is like a second home for us” and vowed to deepen trade and strategic ties with the neighbouring countries.

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

    Pakistan has no role to play in the Taliban's capture of Afghanistan, and has never "interfered" in their affairs, said the spokesperson. Pakistan and India should resolve their outstanding issues, the Taliban desires good relations with all the countries, including India, he added.

    The Taliban has so far has not formally announced the appointments, but a government will be formed before the US leaves Afghanistan on August 31, “we are working on it," said Mujahid, adding that the US should not delay its plan to withdraw American soldiers.

    Mujahid also said that the Taliban’s won't allow Afghan soil to be used against any other country. He added that the Taliban had seized control of all areas, "restoring peace and normalcy in the war-torn country".

    However, the Taliban has completely captured Afghanistan on August 15, ousting the civilian government led by President Ashraf Ghani, who fled to UAE. Since the Taliban’s victory, the US and its allies have evacuated its one of the biggest air evacuations, bringing out more than 88,000 people. According to the US military, planes are taking off every 39 minutes from Kabul airport.

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