A senior Taliban official has told NHK that the organization will seek national governance based on Islamic principles during ongoing peace negotiations with the Afghan government.
Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban delegation to the talks, gave an interview to NHK. He revealed that conditions for a ceasefire agreement are under discussion.
Shaheen insisted that Afghans proceed with the talks. The comment suggests the Taliban will not accept interference in the negotiations by third parties, such as the United States, although he did not name specific countries.
An Afghan official expressed concern that the Taliban’s Islamic fundamentalist ideology may hinder the talks.
The first round of peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday.
Attention is focused on whether the talks will produce a deal to end fighting in Afghanistan that has been ongoing since weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.
The Taliban governed Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. It did so in accordance with strict interpretations of Islam, restricting art and entertainment and banning women from employment and education.
The Taliban blew up two world-famous Buddha statues in Bamiyan in 2001, claiming that idol worshipping contradicts the teachings of Islam.
People in Afghanistan are concerned that their freedom will be curtailed once again if the Taliban regains power and implements policies based on Islamic fundamentalism.