ISLAMABAD - The Taliban says its peace pact with the United States
does not alter the status of the insurgent group’s supreme leader as the
“lawful ruler” of Afghanistan, saying he is duty-bound by religion to
establish an “Islamic government” after foreign “occupation” troops exit
The latest Taliban pronouncement fuels the uncertainty plaguing the
U.S.-Taliban deal signed a week ago in Qatar. It also comes a day after
an American media outlet reported the U.S. government had intelligence
that the radical insurgent group did not intend to abide by promises
they made in the Feb. 29 peace agreement.
A Taliban statement Saturday insisted, while referring to its reclusive chief Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, that in the presence of a “legal Emir” there cannot be ...