Afghan Tal­iban in rare of­fer


KABUL: The Afghan Tal­iban Tues­day pledged to pro­tect bil­lions of dol­lars worth of in­fra­struc­ture projects through­out the coun­try, many of which have been stalled for years due to mil­i­tant vi­o­lence and in­se­cu­rity.

The mil­i­tant group, which has been re­peat­edly ac­cused of con­duct- ing at­tacks against aid work­ers and in­fra­struc­ture projects, made the sur­prise ges­ture in a state­ment.

“The Is­lamic Emi­rate (Tal­iban) not only backs all na­tional projects which are in the in­ter­est of the peo­ple and re­sult in the de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the na­tion but are also com­mit­ted to safe­guard­ing them,” the state­ment said.

“The Is­lamic Emi­rate di­rects all its Mu­jahideen to help in the se­cu­rity of all na­tional projects that are in the higher in­ter­est of Is­lam and the coun­try.”

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