António Guterres: Negotiations with ISIK are impossible in Afghanistan
UN officials say there is a terrorist group in Afghanistan that is impossible to negotiate with.
“There is a terrorist group with whom negotiations are impossible and negotiations with the Islamic State extremist group known as ISIS are impossible,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the French newspaper Le Monde last night. »
Mr. Guterres added: “It is possible to talk to some jihadist groups, but not to ISIS.” There are groups that want to be politically active in the future, but there are others, “he said. They have taken a very extremist approach with which negotiations are not possible, and ISIL’s position is so extremist that it does not open the way for any negotiations with this group.
ISIK activities began in Afghanistan
In mid-2014, Hafez Saeed Khan, one of the most prominent commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced the establishment of the Khorasan branch of ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, for the first time in mountainous areas near the Durand Line in Nangarhar province.
In October 2014, Hafez Saeed Khan pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq and Syria by telephone and was subsequently appointed by al-Baghdadi as the governor of ISIL’s Khorasan province.
Hafiz Saeed Khan, who for unknown and “vague” reasons had opposed the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Maulana Fazlullah and parted ways with the TTP, was able to gain a large number of Jihadi backgrounds and membership in the TTP leadership. One of the local commanders of this movement, including its spokesman Sheikh Maqbool and several other senior commanders, joined the Khorasan branch of ISIL and established the core of this terrorist group.
This small group of supporters of Hafez Saeed, most of whom were Pakistanis and residents of the Orakzai and Bajaur tribal areas across the hypothetical Durand Line, is the “first Khorasan branch of the ISIL leadership council.”