After announcing that the Taliban won’t take over Afghan capital Kabul by force, news agency Associated Press reported, Taliban negotiators on Sunday afternoon heading to the presidential palace for a ‘peaceful transfer of power’.
The official,said on Sunday , who spoke on condition of anonymity “because of fear of reprisals”, said the goal was a peaceful handing over of the government to the Taliban.
Tolo news reported, Acting interior minister Abdul Satar Mirzakwal said the transition will take place peacefully.The Taliban leadership on Sunday said they don’t intend to take over the capital by force and also asked Kabul citizens to not panic and leave the city.
Lives and properties will not be harmed and the insurgent group does not intend to take any revenge, Taliban leaders told news agencies.
After the fall of Jalalabad, Afghanistan’s last major city apart from Kabul which was not held by the militants, the insurgent group advanced towards the capital and around noon, the presidential palace confirmed firing in Kabul. The presidential palace, downplayed the firing and said the security situation is under control.
It entered Kabul, the Taliban said they will not use force as they demand a peaceful surrender of the capital. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Al-Jazeera English satellite news channel that theinsurgents are “awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city.”
The fall Saturday of Mazar-e-sharif the country 4th largest city ,which afghan forces and two powerful former warloads had pledged to defend,handedthe insurgents control over all of northern Afghanistan.
On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani addressed for the people of the war-torn country and said the situation will not be allowed to escalate any further. However, the situation changed as the warlonds with whom he negotiated a few days ago surrendered to the Taliban or fled, leaving Ghani without a military option.