Taliban Got No Power-Sharing Offers From Afghan Government, Reports Say

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Taliban* insurgents have captured the strategic city of Ghazni, 150km south of Kabul, on Thursday as the Islamist group intensified their attacks in an attempt to take control over the capitals of 34 provinces across the country. The group has claimed to have seized their 10th capital, even as the country’s president replaced the army chief.

The Taliban movement has not received any invitation to share power in Afghanistan from the government, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday, citing Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman in the political office in Qatar.

The Taliban are ready to engage in the transitional government and have no intention to overthrow President Ashraf Ghani, Shaheen assured.

Earlier it was reported that the Afghan government offered the radical movement a power-sharing deal in return for ending the violence.

Al Jazzera cited a government source as saying the Afghan government has offered the Taliban movement a power-sharing arrangement if it ends violence in the country. The proposal of the Kabul administration was delivered to the militant movement via Qatar, which is hosting the intra-Afghan negotiations.

Addressing envoys of extended Troika members — the US, Russia, China and Pakistan– in Doha, Afghan reconciliation council chairman Abdullah Abdullah has urged the international community to adopt serious measures to “prevent Taliban attacks on cities, which have led to war crimes,…

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