Sunday, April 18, 2010

Afghanistan Taliban Respond to Claims in British Newspaper that Mullah Muhammad 'Umar is Open to Peace Talks

"Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: No Victory Except with God"

The Afghan Taliban have issued a response to claims made in The Sunday Times, a British newspaper owned by the Australian Rupert Murdoch (who also owns Fox News Channel), via an English-language affiliated web site, The Unjust Media, which contacted the group's official spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid. The response is reproduced below without edits:

One of the world leading propagandist Rupert Murdoch's "The Sunday Times" propaganda against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan exposed

The Sunday Times has published an interview, claiming that the interview was conducted with two of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars. contracted the official spokesman of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid, to find out the realty of this interview.

Theunjustmedia: Today, The Sunday Times published an interview claiming that the interview took place with two of The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars and one of its Afghan journalist, quoting from the interview:

"The supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has indicated that he and his followers may be willing to hold peace talks with western politicians. In an interview with The Sunday Times, two of the movement’s senior Islamic scholars have relayed a message from the Quetta shura, the Taliban’s ruling council, that Mullah Omar no longer aims to rule Afghanistan. They said he was prepared to engage in “sincere and honest” talks.

At a meeting held at night deep inside Taliban-controlled territory, the Taliban leaders told this newspaper that their military campaign had only three objectives: the return of sharia (Islamic law), the expulsion of foreigners and the restoration of security.

“[Mullah Omar] is no longer interested in being involved in politics or government,” said Mullah “Abdul Rashid”, the elder of the two commanders, who used a pseudonym to protect his identity.

“All the mujaheddin seek is to expel the foreigners, these invaders, from our country and then to repair the country’s constitution. We are not interested in running the country as long as these things are achieved.”

The interview was conducted by a reputable Afghan journalist employed by The Sunday Times with two members of the shura that directs Taliban activity across the whole of southern Afghanistan, including Helmand and Kandahar provinces. It was arranged through a well established contact with the Taliban’s supreme leadership."

My question is did this interview with The Sunday Times and The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistansenior Islamic scholars took place?

Zabihullah Mujahid: No, no interview has been conducted with the The Sunday Times and The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan senior Islamic scholars, this interview is a lie.

Theunjustmedia: How do you comment on the content of this fake propaganda interview, what objectives could the invaders have in propagating this type of disinformation among the masses.

Zabihullah Mujahid: This is a good question, and I think that the concern citizens of the world should be asking this question from those who are behind this propaganda, what benefits are they trying to seek by lying to world about The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. I think people should contact The Sunday Times and ask them why are they spreading disinformation, also other media outlets should bring to light The Sunday Times deception to its reads.

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