ISLAMABAD: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, Sunday rejected the proposed US-Afghan security pact and said Afghans will not accept it.
Omar’s statement — cloaked as an “Eid” message — came a day after President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed on some parts of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The agreement however left the issue of providing immunity to the US soldiers unresolved.
“The invaders and their allies should understand that the strategic agreement will be accompanied by grave consequences for them,” said Omar in a message received by The Express Tribune on Sunday.
President Karzai appointed former President Sibghatullah Mujaddadi to convene a “Loya Jirga” or grand assembly to discuss and give a formal approval to BSA which Omar opposed.
“They might get these documents rubber stamped by a fake Loya Jirga but it will not be acceptable to the Afghans. Throughout the history, the real representatives and Loya Jirgas of the country have never signed documents of slavery,” said the Taliban leader.
Omar said those who sign the BSA do not represent the Loya Jirga of the country.
“Their decisions are not acceptable. The invaders should know that their limited bases will never be accepted. The current armed Jihad will continue against them with more momentum,” he went on to say.
‘Votes of people have no value’
The Taliban leader also rejected the upcoming Presidential elections scheduled for April 2014, the year set by NATO troops for withdrawal.
“The Afghan people can’t be enticed by the (current) conspiracy of misleading people under the name of elections in the shade of the occupation in the country. There are figures active in these elections who are catering only to personal interests and the interests of the invaders rather than the Islamic and national interests,” Omar said.
He regretted that some of the leaders were “trying to distort Islam” in order to reach the corridor of power and to “please the non-believers”.
“The people know that some foreign stooges are playing with their destiny. The votes of the people have no value in the elections nor will participation benefit. Therefore, the Islamic Emirate rejects these elections and urge the people to avoid participation in them because this is only a drama being played by the invaders to attain their goals,” the Taliban leader said.