EXCLUSIVE: Taliban thanks PAS for well wishes, calls human rights accusations ‘propaganda’
The Taliban has welcomed the Malaysian Islamic Party’s (PAS) congratulatory gesture and its coming to the defence of the Islamist organisation, which recently reassumed power over Afghanistan.
(The Vibes) – The movement’s leadership also called on the Malaysian government to strengthen “fraternal bonds” by helping Afghanistan under its new rule to rise after years of conflict.
In exclusive comments to The Vibes, Taliban spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said that prior to this, he was not aware of any felicitations from PAS leaders.
“I personally am not aware of any message by members of PAS, but we welcome and thank all for showing solidarity with the people of Afghanistan in this time of transition,” Qahar said.
Claiming that reports and concerns about the Taliban’s human rights track record are merely propaganda, he said Malaysians should not harbour reservations towards the newly formed Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.