Kabul Reacts to UNSC Report, Saying Counter Terrorism Main Principle

This comes as the UNSC in its recent report said al-Qaida was reported to have established up to eight new training camps in Afghanistan, including four in Ghazni, Laghman, Parwan and Uruzgan Provinces, with a new base to stockpile weapons in the Panjshir Valley.

“The greatest threat within Afghanistan still comes from ISIL-K, with its ability to project into the region and beyond,” the report said. “Overall, ISIL-K targeting patterns were directed first against the Shia, then the Taliban, and ultimately civilians.”

The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid meanwhile denied the report and said: “From the address of the United Nations, a regular slander program has been created against the Islamic Emirate, and they always spread propaganda against them.” He said in an audio recording that there is no Al-Qaeda base in Afghanistan.

“The stance of the UN is misused. We call on the countries who are members of the UNSC but have good relations with Afghanistan to not allow the reputation of the organization to be harmed,” he said.

“The world says that there are TTP [Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan] and al-Qaida groups but the Taliban says they do not exist. But both sides neither provide evidence nor take any action,” said Aziz Maarij, a former diplomat.

According to the report, “the Taliban are generally sympathetic to TTP aims.”

“Besides supplying weapons and equipment, Taliban rank and file, Al-Qaida core and AQIS fighters assisted TTP forces in cross-border attacks,” the report cited. “Despite the Taliban instructing TTP fighters not to participate in operations outside Afghanistan, many had done so with no apparent consequence. Some Taliban members also joined TTP, perceiving a religious obligation to provide support. Interlocutors reported that TTP members and their families receive regular aid packages from the Taliban.”

But Mujahid said that serious fighting took place against Daesh.

“Fighting against Daesh is important for the security of Afghanistan. There has been serious fighting and all of them were eliminated,” he said.

“If they have any allegation they should share it with the Islamic Emirate, media of Afghanistan or at least their own media,” said Abdul Hai Qanat, a political analyst.

Since its arrival to power in Afghanistan, the Islamic Emirate within nearly the past three years has repeatedly assured the international community that the Afghan soil is not a threat to any country.

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