Taliban term Afghan election a U.S. ploy and call on people to boycott
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, on Thursday described Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary election as a ploy of U.S. and called upon Afghans to boycott it, Xinhua reported.
"The Americans want to conduct the fatuous elections process with an aim of showing to the Afghans and to the public of the world that they are intending to put an election government and parliament in Afghanistan," a Taliban statement emailed to media said.
It also said, "We call on our Muslim nation to boycott this process and thus foil all foreign processes and drive away the invaders from your country by sticking to Jihad (holy war) and Islamic resistance.
The hard-liner militants who boycotted last year's presidential elections also said that the "votes of the Afghans have no value, nor it is possible that the Afghans will ever be willing to cast votes for those who have shed their blood unjustly and occupied their country."
Bearing the name of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the name of ousted Taliban regime) the outfit in the statement noted, "We request all Afghan brothers with due respect through this statement to fulfill their Islamic and national responsibilities by avoiding the American process and join the strongholds of Jihad with the Mujahideen (holy warriors) instead of taking part in the elections process."
Afghanistan's second parliamentary election after the fall of Taliban regime in late 2001 is going to be held on Saturday 18 September amid tight security. Enditem