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Taliban not ‘normal civilians’ by any standard: Afghan envoy on Imran Khan’s remark

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Afghan ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay on Friday said the Taliban are not “normal civilians” on any standard as common people are not cruel to humankind. The Afghan envoy was responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comment in which he had defended his inability to st

In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Khan had said that Pakistan hosts three million Afghan refugees of which the majority are Pashtuns, the same ethnic groups as the Taliban fighters. He added that the Taliban are “normal civilians” and “not some military outfits” that Pakistan can hunt down in those refugee camps.

“I think with no standards we can call the Taliban, ordinary citizens. I think common people don’t commit crimes that are justified. They’ll not be cruel to humankind,” news agency ANI quoted Mamundzay as saying.

Pakistan has long been accused of helping the Islamic fundamentalist group militarily, financially, and with intelligence in their fight against Afghan defence forces. About 6,000 terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are operating on the Afghan side of the border, according to a report by the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team.Taliban not ‘normal civilians’ by any standard: Afghan envoy on Imran Khan’s remark

op terrorists from crossing over the border.

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