KABUL - A senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council has said during a visit to India that the Taliban group has softened its position in peace talks. "They have softened their stance a little bit, I should say. They say, well, no foreign troop should live on the soil of our country, Afghanistan. Hekmatyar, leader of the Hezb-e-Islami, has taken a softer tone as well. He has said, well, all right they should have a time table for the withdrawal and then they could be there in the garrisons. Now, they say, well, some amendments in the constitution (should be made). Taliban said that if there is one single American soldier on our soil, we will not reconcile," he said.
In an exclusive interview with the Asian News International in New Delhi, Mohammad Ismail Qasemyar emphasized that the Taliban call for some amendments in Afghan constitution.
The senior member of peace council on his four-day visit to India warned that premature withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan would sink the country into disaster.
"There would be a war, even a civil war, in the country. I do not think the situation is so that they would be again able to come and capture the government and rule over the nation. I do not think of that possibility. But, I am concerned about deterioration of security in the country that would bring a disaster," he said.
But he said that although the Taliban could not seize the power, the withdrawal of security forces would lead to disastrous consequences.